Under the Crimson Moon - Total Lunar Eclipse
- Frosty Drew Observatory
- Sun, May 15, 2022 9:00 pm - Mon, May 16, 2022 3:00 am
- $5 Admission per person 5 years and older. When ticket sales open, here is where you can get them.
UPDATE: Sunday, May 15, 2022 at 12:00 pm =====
We have been closely following several forecasting sources for the past several days, and the forecast is all over the place. Based on what has been happening on site for the past week, we are quite confident that our location will be a poor place to observe the eclipse as we will be under mostly cloudy sky conditions with considerable fog! Though other regions of New England will have periodic views. With this update we are going to make the call and cancel our on site event only. Our live streamed event (https://youtu.be/nrR-2wfK2O8) will continue as planned, and three of our astronomers will be set up a different locations over New England with the goal of being able to live stream the entire eclipse event.
Overnight Sunday, May 15, 2022 to Monday, May 16, 2022 a Total Lunar Eclipse is taking place and it will be visible to all in New England. This will be an awesome night and Frosty Drew Observatory is opening to celebrate the event starting at 9:00 pm offering excellent views of the eclipse. We will stay on site and open until 3:00 am, after the end of the eclipse.
A Lunar Eclipse happens when the Moon passes into Earth's shadow. This only happens during the full lunar phase. Since this eclipse will be a total eclipse, the entire Moon will pass into the Earth's dark shadow, called the Umbra. During the period of totality (total eclipse) the Moon will glow a crimson red. This happens due to sunlight filtering through Earth's atmosphere effectively scattering the violet side of the visible spectrum of light.
The eclipse will begin at 9:32 pm Sunday night and will start as a dimming of one side of the Moon. At 10:28 p.m. the partial eclipse will begin when a chunk of the Moon will start to appear missing. Total eclipsing of the Moon will start at 11:29 pm with maximum totality occurring at 12:11 am and ending at 12:54 am. Once totality ends, the partial eclipse will continue until 1:55 am Monday morning.
The Frosty Drew Sky Theatre will be open all night, showing a live stream of the lunar eclipse on the big screen. The Observatory will be open for tours though the main telescope will remain closed. On screen in the Observatory will be a live stream of the lunar eclipse. We will have telescopes setup outside the observatory offering views of the night sky and the lunar eclipse.
Additionally, we will host a live stream of the eclipse on our YouTube channel, which will feature the eclipse live from a telescope set up on the Frosty Drew campus.
Tonight's event will be live streamed only. The on site event has been cancelled due to inclement weather.
Take a moment to check out our gallery of the 2019 Total Lunar Eclipse at Frosty Drew Observatory.
So dust off those binoculars. Grab a blanket, lawn chair, some tasty eats, family, and friends and hang out with us in Ninigret Park under the crimson Moon.