Monday, September 28, 2015

Supermoon Lunar Eclipse Star Party Fun

-from the Curator
Star gazers view the lunar eclipse, rising above El Centro

Last night millions of people spent the evening star gazing around the world in order to see the amazing supermoon lunar eclipse. Nearly 450 of them came out the the Desert Museum to join us for our first big event since the installation of our new permanent exhibits: a Star Gazing Party!  Sponsored by Castillo Construction,  this was our largest and most successful Star Party yet!

1st Supermoon Lunar Eclipse in 30 years
Star gazers set up lounge chairs and telescopes to get ready for the big event
People from El Centro to San Deigo, Yuma, a family of 30 people from Mira Mesa, and 20 people from Viejas came to the Museum to see the eclipse. Beforehand they heard a presentation from IVDMS Board Member Steve Benton on what an eclipse is and why they would probably see it in shades of red.  Then by 6:30 everyone was outside to watch the show! People set up lounge chairs, watched through telescopes and binoculars, and enjoyed a clear view from our little hill of what one visitor called "the most spectacular eclipse I've ever seen."
Start your cameras! The eclipse began even before the sun set, making a spectacular view

The majority of people stayed for the entire eclipse, which lasted 1 hour and 12 minutes.  Others alternated between viewing the changing eclipse and exploring the new exhibits and the gift shop.  It was the first time many families had come out to the museum, while others have been present for other Star Parties, field trips, or to volunteer. They were all excited by the new exhibits.  "This is incredible. It's like something you have to go to San Diego to see." one remarked excitedly. "I can't wait to bring the rest of my family here!"


Star gazers took advantage of outdoor areas to claim their perfect viewing spots




Museum telescopes, binoculars, and telescopes brought by attendees were set up for amazing viewing possibilities

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