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.


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

January 20, 2019 – 7:00 pm

Lunar Eclipse

On Sunday January 20th, we are fortunate to have another total lunar eclipse visible. The observatory opens at 7:00 pm with the moon beginning to move into the Earth’s shadow about 8:40 pm. The moon enters the umbra (darkest part of the Earth’s shadow) about 9:40 and will be fully eclipsed about 10:45 when the moon fully enters the Earth’s shadow. The maximum eclipse will be approximately 11:15 pm. Totality ends about 11:45 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 Forum for the latest updates if the sky looks questionable for viewing.
 
Select link for additional information and Eclipse times from Minneapolis.

DO NOT MISS THIS EVENT!! The next best total lunar eclipse for North America won’t be until May of 2022!!!

 

 

Transit of Mercury

November 11, 2019 – 8:00 am

On Monday November 11, the planet Mercury will transit the sun. The event begins just before sunrise (7:07 am) and will last until noon. The observatory opens at 8:00 AM.

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

The next transit will be in November of 2032, then November of 2039 – both of those end before sunrise from Minnesota and will not be visible. The next transit of Mercury visible from Minnesota won’t be until May of 2049!!! (that’s 30 years) DO NOT MISS THIS RARE EVENT!!