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 Triple Shadow Transit on Jupiter, happening the night of January 23 as well as the Total Lunar Eclipse on September 27th.  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


 

Triple Shadow Transit – January 23, 2015

Jupiter’s triple shadow transit, January 23, 2015

The first “Special Event” of the year is the Triple Shadow Transit on Jupiter beginning on Friday night January 23rd and lasting into the morning of the 24th. The first shadow to enter Jupiter’s disk will be Callisto at about 9:10 pm. Io’s shadow is next at 10:35 pm followed by Europa’s at about 12:25 am.  All three shadows will remain on Jupiter’s disk until about 12:53 when Io’s shadow leaves the disk.

NOTE:  The time frame to see all three shadows on Jupiter’s disk is short, from about 12:25 am until Io’s shadow leaves at about 12:53 am.

In addition to the triple transit, we will also see the shadows of Io and Callisto “merge” at about 11:45 as well as Io itself eclipsing the shadow of Callisto at about 12:20 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.

If clear, the star party begins at 7:00 pm.  Be sure to dress warm!!!  Boots, Hat, Gloves are a must!!  Chemical hand and foot warmers come in handy as well.



Total Lunar Eclipse – September 27, 2015

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

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On Sunday September 27th, we are fortunate to have another total lunar eclipse visible.  The observatory opens at 7:00 pm with the eclipse beginning at 8:09 pm.   Totality begins at about 9:12 when the moon fully enters the Earth’s shadow. The maximum eclipse will be approximately 9:47 pm. Totality ends about 10:22 as the moon leaves the Earth’s shadow.

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.

Be sure to dress warm!!!  Boots, Hat, Gloves are a must!!  Chemical hand and foot warmers come in handy as well.

 

DO NOT MISS THIS EVENT!!  

The next best total lunar eclipse for North America won’t be until May of 2022!!!