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Highland Road Park Observatory


Sunday 15 May from 7:30 pm to 1:30 am CDT


Overnight excitement at HRPO as we open to witness one of nature’s most spectacular events! While in the constellation Libra♎, the Moon will enter the Earth♁’s shadow, turning darker and darker—and then??? The actual color can range from dark brown to red to bright orange to yellow, depending on the current state of the Earth♁’s atmosphere. Don’t miss it. This event begins on Sunday evening and ends on Monday morning.


It is the partial and total eclipse which will be easily visible to the unaided eye. HRPO may close early if there is an elevated chance of rain according to NOAA. HRPO property is the only part of Highland Road Park on which the public will be allowed.


Want to be a scientist for a night? Within fifteen minutes of mid-eclipse, note the color of the Moon. Memorize what you've seen and compare the color to the scale below…

Make sure you form your own assessment of the totally eclipse Moon's color before discussing it with anyone else.


Current predictions from Peat suggest six visible passes from 8:13 pm to 9:24 pm, the brightest of which is currently listed as magnitude -2.5! These pass times will be included in a schedule PDF at the bottom of this page after the pass values are refined over the next few weeks.


Updated by Frederick J. Barnett on Friday, April 15, 2022, 11:24 AM.

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