It will be lights out for the moon later this month.
Want to go to Adlers eclipse party? They have given us a family five-pack of tickets, including sky shows, valued at 0, to give away to a lucky family.
But don’t worry too much; it will be back in its full glory just a few hours later.
At 8:07 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 27, Earth will block the sun’s light from reaching the moon, thereby creating a total eclipse of the moon. This will be the fourth total lunar eclipse in recent years; there won’t be another until Jan. 31, 2018.
So Adler Planetarium is throwing a viewing party. In addition to Adler astronomers helping families watch the eclipse through telescopes (weather permitting), the planetarium exhibits and Space Visualization Laboratory will be open. Adler also plans to host two domed theater shows, Back to the Moon for Good and Cosmic Wonder, and ticketed tours of the Doane Observatory–the largest public telescope in the Midwest.
The party wraps up at 11:30 p.m., so you might need to draft a note excusing drowsy kids from school in the name of science.
Eclipse times to note
The partial eclipse begins at 8:07 p.m.
Total eclipse begins at 9:11 p.m.
Maximum eclipse is at 9:47 p.m.
Total eclipse ends at 10:23 p.m.
The partial eclipse ends at 11:27 p.m.