Total Lunar Eclipse Telescope Viewing | Ocean Beach
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Ocean Beach (Fulton) | Fulton and Great Highway, San Francisco, CA
Submitted by the Event Organizer
Watch the Total Lunar Eclipse spectacle through professional telescopes at San Francisco’s Ocean Beach on the Great Highway in the company of the SF Amateur Astronomers (SFAA) from 4-6 am on Saturday, April 4, 2015. Yup, it’s early, but we bet it will be worth it.
The April 4th Total Lunar Eclipse is the third in a series of four total lunar eclipses in 2014 and 2015, an uncommon occurrence. Typically the Moon passes through the Earth’s shadow during a lunar eclipse for 1 to 2 hours, but on April 4th the Moon will be fully eclipsed for a mere 5 minutes, a condition that should lead to a unique view of the Moon with different shades due to the varying shadow cast from the Earth.
Club members will set up telescopes along the walkway next to the Ocean Beach parking lot adjacent to walkway 17, opposite the Beach Chalet Restaurant. The eclipse starts at 4 am, totality is reached from 4:58 until 5:03 am, and the eclipse concludes at 6 am.
The San Francisco Amateur Astronomers (SFAA) is a San Francisco-based club for astronomy hobbyists and enthusiasts, committed to supporting and growing the field of astronomy for the general public and for its members. The SFAA hosts lectures by leading astronomers, “star parties” for the general public to view the sky through telescopes, offers educational outreach to schools and adult groups, and special events for astronomy hobbyists to learn about telescope making, borrow club telescopes, and to view the night sky in a shared environment for learning and discovery.