Eugene Science Center hosts total lunar eclipse viewing party

The Lunar Trifecta, also known as the Super Blood Moon, happens when the moon gets closer to earth making it 14 percent brighter than usual. The Eugene Science Center is hosting a viewing party Wednesday, Jan. 31.

Posted: Jan 29, 2018 7:44 AM
Updated: Jan 30, 2018 11:02 AM

EUGENE – The Eugene Science Center is hosting a viewing party for the Lunar Trifecta on Jan. 31.

Last year, Oregonians and others around the country viewed the Total Solar Eclipse, if the weather permits viewers will be able to see the Super Blue Blood Moon.

The full moon is special because the moon is closer to earth in its orbit, making it 14 percent brighter than usual.

Haley Sharp is the Planetarium Director at the Eugene Science Center. She said Oregonians will be able to see the Total Lunar Eclipse, as long as its dark outside.

“During a total lunar eclipse as long as you are anywhere on the nighttime side of Earth during the event, you'll get a chance to see the moon turn a dark red color, the moon will be this dark red for more than an hour,” Sharp said.

It’s the second full moon of the month and commonly known as a blue moon.

Also, the Super Blue Moon will pass through earth’s shadow for a total lunar eclipse.

The Eugene Science Center viewing party goes from 3:45 a.m. to 7:00 a.m. on Wednesday. Staff will have telescopes available so friends and family can get a closer look at the moon.

For more information about this event, visit the Eugene Science Center Facebook event page here.

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