Night Vision: Moon Phases and Eclipses

Posted January 14, 2019 - by Nick Jarvis

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Night Vision is a recurring live lecture series in which we explore the sights to see in the night sky, and each week we address a special topic of interest.

January 2019 Lunar Eclipse
The progression of the lunar eclipse that will be visible the night of January 20th. Times shown here are given in Greenwhich time; to convert to MST, subtract seven hours. (Image credit: Tomruen)

In this week's Night Vision, we'll explore the astronomy of lunar and solar eclipses; we'll take a sneak peek at the upcoming lunar eclipse on January 20, 2019​; we'll trace the origins of the now-ubiquitous terms "Blood Moon" and "Supermoon"; we'll look at future lunar and solar eclipses of the coming years; and we'll discuss ways that eclipses have been important moments in the history of astronomy and the history of... well... history.

Christopher Columbus predicts an eclipse in Jamaica
Christopher Columbus predicts an eclipse in Jamaica. (Image credit: Public Domain)

Night Vision will be hosted by Nick Jarvis on Thursday, January 17th and Saturday, January 19th at 6:45 in the dome theater. Tickets are just $2.00 per person for the public, and free for members of Clark Planetarium. Get your tickets now.