View the total eclipse of the moon at the UWS Observatory

UWS Observatory


Members of the public are invited to attend the University of Western Sydney Observatory at 10:30pm on Saturday 10th December, for a special presentation and viewing of the total lunar eclipse.

A total lunar eclipse occurs when the position of the earth prevents the sun's rays from striking the moon - causing the Moon to take on a red glow as the Earth's shadow passes over it.

This is in contrast to a total solar eclipse, which occurs when the position of the Moon completely blocks our view of the Sun.

Raelene Sommer, an astronomy and science education officer, says the event at the UWS Werrington North campus is a great opportunity to learn about a relatively rare celestial event.

"Unlike partial lunar eclipses, which occur more often, a total lunar eclipse can only occur on the night of a full moon, when the Sun, Earth and Moon are aligned exactly with the Earth in the middle," says Ms Sommer.

"The last total lunar eclipse was on 15 June 2011. If you miss this spectacular event on December 10, there won't be another opportunity until April 2014."

At the event, members of the community will have the opportunity to view the total lunar eclipse through the University's powerful computerised telescope.

Ms Sommer will speak about the moon and eclipses, and members of the Western Sydney Amateur Astronomy Group will also be on-hand to explain the wonders of the night sky.

WHAT: View the total lunar eclipse at UWS
WHEN: 10:30pm, Saturday 10th December 2011
WHERE: UWS Observatory, Building AO, Werrington North Campus, Great Western Highway
COST: $12 for adults, $8 child concession, $35 family
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30 November 2011

Contact: Danielle Roddick, Senior Media Officer