Eagle  Lake  Observatory  Special  Events

This page highlights the special events we are opening the observatory for. These events are generally ”Cancelled if Cloudy” events and happen during the work week or on weekends not on the regular public star party schedule.


This year we are holding special events for the Total Lunar Eclipse happening the night of April 14-15 as well as the Partial Solar Eclipse on October 23rd. For any changes to the observing schedule, check the Public Star Party schedule and/or the MAS homepage for the latest updates. For directions and additional information on the Eagle Lake Observatory, visit the Eagle Lake Observatory website.

 

Location: Eagle Lake Observatory at Baylor Regional Park
Address: 10775 County Rd 33, Norwood-Young America, MN


 

Total Lunar Eclipse – April 14 – 15

The first “Special Event” of the year is the Total Lunar Eclipse beginning on Monday night April 14 and lasting into the morning of April 15. This eclipse has the entire Moon passing through Earth’s umbral shadow, causing the moon to turn varying shades of red – orange. The moon begins entering the Earth’s shadow just a few minutes before midnight and will reach its maximum about 2:45 am.

This star party is a ”Cancelled if Cloudy” event. Be sure to check the MAS home page and/or the MAS Discussion Forums for the latest updates if the sky looks questionable for viewing.

Beginning at 7:00 pm, we will be observing Jupiter which will be having its own ”lunar” eclipse of its moon Io from 8:04 to 11:36 pm. Mars will also be of great interest as it will be at its closest to us since 2007.

Additional information can be found at NASA Eclipse website or on the ”Mr. Eclipse” website at HERE.


 

Partial Solar Eclipse – October 23, 2014

October 23, 2014 Partial Solar Eclipse

On Thursday October 23rd, we are fortunate to have another partial solar eclipse visible. Similar the May 20, 2012 eclipse which was an incredible event for the MAS and its guests.The Star Party begins at 4:00 pm with the eclipse beginning at 4:23. The maximum partial phase will be approximately 5:35 pm. The sun will set at 6:17 while still being eclipsed by the moon. We may also try to get a peek at Venus at superior conjunction before the solar eclipse begins.

This star party is a ”Cancelled if Cloudy” event. Be sure to check the MAS home page and/or the MAS Discussion Forums for the latest updates if the sky looks questionable for viewing.

Additional information can be found at NASA Eclipse website or on the ”Mr. Eclipse” website at HERE.

After the eclipse, the observatory will remain open for those wanting to observe. Saturn, Mars, Neptune and Uranus will all be visible… as well as a possible comet or two.


CAUTION: Whenever viewing the sun, viewing safety is paramount.

NEVER attempt to observe the partial or annular phases of any eclipse with the naked eye.
NEVER use an unfiltered telescope or binoculars to view the sun.

NEVER use a damaged solar filter or damaged solar eyeglasses to view the sun.
NEVER look through an unfiltered camera to view the sun.
NEVER look through the “pinhole”of a “Projection Box” to view the sun.

And an oldie but a goodie, 
NEVER look through a photo negative to view the sun.

Failure to use appropriate filtration may result in permanent eye damage or blindness! 

To view the eclipse, look through dark welder’s glass, or build a projection box by poking a pinhole in the side of a cardboard box and watching the sunlight projected inside the box. For a small donation, we will have special “eclipse glasses” available at the observatory as well.Click the following link for additional tips on Safely Viewing the Eclipse.