The Parks and Recreation Department invites the public to view the lunar eclipse Sunday, Jan. 20 at the Hyde Memorial Observatory on the south side of Holmes Lake, 3701 S. 70th Street. The observatory will be open from 8:30 p.m. to midnight, and the event is free.
"Eclipse viewing will be especially good in Lincoln because it will be visible from beginning to end during convenient viewing hours," said Lee Thomas, an observatory volunteer. He said such favorable viewing conditions for a lunar eclipse will not take place again in Lincoln until 2022.
The public will be able to view the moon from the observatory's four telescopes, and participants are encouraged to bring binoculars and their own telescopes. Volunteers will be available to help set up and position telescopes. A lunar program, "Earth's Nearest Neighbor," will be presented in the observatory classroom throughout the evening.
The eclipse will start at 8:36 p.m. and enter the deep shadow or "umbra" at 9:33 p.m. Totality begins at 11:13 p.m. when the moon is almost exactly in the center in the Earth's shadow and ends at 11:41 p.m.
The observatory is open to the public every Saturday night. Hours are 7 to 10 p.m. from January through March; sundown to 11 p.m. from April through August; 8 to 11 p.m. in September; and 7 to 10 p.m. from October through December.