NORTH TEXAS (CBSDFW.COM) — A few places in the Dallas-Fort Worth area will be hosting watch parties in celebration of Sunday’s supermoon total lunar eclipse.
The Noble Planetarium and the Fort Worth Astronomical Society will host a watch party at the Fort Worth Museum of Science and History’s member parking lot from 8:30 p.m. to midnight. Telescopes will be available at the event, and a telescopic live stream will be available on YouTube.
Brookhaven College, in Farmers Branch, is also hosting a viewing party. The event will be in the plaza between Building K and Building X from 7 p.m. to midnight. Brookhaven College and the Texas Astronomical Society of Dallas will be providing telescopes.
The moon will move into the Earth’s shadow around 7 p.m. Sunday, causing a lunar eclipse, according to Chaz Hafey, astronomy and physics lab coordinator at Brookhaven College. There is a lighter part of the shadow and a darker part, the penumbra and the umbra, Hafey wrote in an email. Sunday, the moon will be in the darker part, making the phenomenon a total lunar eclipse.
Hafey said the last total lunar eclipse visible in Dallas was on April 4, 2014, and the next will be on Jan. 31, 2018.
But Sunday’s eclipse is also considered a supermoon.
“This is called a ‘supermoon,’ because the moon is as close as it gets to the Earth,” Noble Planetarium manager Sarah Twidal said in a press release. “The moon naturally travels around the Earth in an elliptical path, not a circular path, coming closer and going farther from the Earth in its normal patterns. This eclipse will happen when it is at its closest point.”
The eclipse will last 5 hours and 11 minutes, according to the museum. This is the first supermoon lunar eclipse in more than 30 years.
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