Standard examiner staff
The moon goes into the shadow of the Earth this weekend and, in honor of that event, a couple of evenings have been scheduled.
A total eclipse of the moon will take place on the night of Sunday, January 20. According to a press release from the Utah Astronomy Club, Sunday's total eclipse will be the only one visible, weather permitting, of course, in this area until May 26, 2021.
In conjunction with the astronomical occurrence, the event "Zoom of the moon: visualization of the total lunar eclipse" begins at 8 p.m. Sunday at Antelope Island State Park, 4528 W. 1700 South, Syracuse. Organized by park staff and Dark Sky Layton, it will begin with a presentation at the visitor center, then move out to witness the eclipse through telescopes and binoculars. The eclipse will also be projected on a screen inside the visitor center.
Hot chocolate and donuts will be provided, while they last. The entrance doors to the state park will remain open until 9 p.m. that night, and regular park fees apply.
For more information, call 801-773-2941.
Also on Sunday night, the Department of Physics and Astronomy of the University of Utah will hold a viewing session from 7 p.m. at 1 a.m. on the South Physics building, 115 S. 1400 East, Salt Lake City.
Telescopes and astronomy experts will be available for the event.
The organizers say that the number of people allowed on the roof is limited, so the ground stations will also be configured to see the eclipse.
For more information about the U of U viewing session, visit observatory.astro.utah.edu.
According to a press release from NASA / JPL Solar System Ambbadador in Utah, Patrick Wiggins, the Moon will begin to move towards Earth's shadow around 8:34 p.m. Sunday, when it is about a third of the way to the eastern sky. The whole will begin at 9:41 p.m., and the Moon will remain completely in the shadow of Earth until 10:43 p.m. Leave that shadow at 11:50 p.m.