Observe a Total Lunar Eclipse


  • The Riverwood Conservancy 4300 Riverwood Park Ln Mississauga, ON, L5C 2S7 Canada

Join members of the RASC and observe a total eclipse of the Moon on Sunday September 27. The event will start just past 9 pm and last 3 hours.

The various phases of a total lunar eclipse - photo by Fred Espenak

The various phases of a total lunar eclipse - photo by Fred Espenak

Come out and observe a rare total eclipse of the Moon at the Riverwood Conservancy! Join members of the Mississauga Centre of the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada as they set up large telescopes to look at the Moon. Observing will take place on the green in front of Chappelle House. The event starts at 8:30 and is free and open to everyone.

Large telescopes will be set up and pointed at the Moon as it moves into the Earth's shadow.

 

The partial phases of the eclipse begin just after 9 pm.

For about an hour, the Moon moves into the Earth's shadow. At 10:11, the Moon will be totally eclipsed. It may take on a dusty orange colour. Total eclipse lasts until 11:23 when the Moon begins to leave the shadow. 

Bring a chair and blanket, some refreshments, binoculars and enjoy the event!

Members of the RASC will be on hand to explain the various phases.

Although the eclipse lasts past midnight, the main phases through totality are the parts not to miss - up to just after 11 pm.

The Moon moves into the Earth's shadow during an eclipse in 2010. Photo by Randy Attwood

The Moon moves into the Earth's shadow during an eclipse in 2010. Photo by Randy Attwood

The Moon moves out of the Earth's shadow during an eclipse in 2010. Photo by Randy Attwood

The Moon moves out of the Earth's shadow during an eclipse in 2010. Photo by Randy Attwood

Note: If the weather is cloudy, the eclipse will not be visible. We will send out a GO/NO GO announcement the day of the eclipse.

The Moon during total eclipse in 2010. Photo by Randy Attwood

The Moon during total eclipse in 2010. Photo by Randy Attwood

Observing will take place on the Chappelle lawn. Here are directions to Riverwood.