Adventure Science Center is the place to be for total lunar eclipse
‘Lunar Eclipse Day’ offers special activities, extended hours and more on Sunday, Sept. 27
NASHVILLE, Sept. 22, 2015—Even though it’s a school night, plan to keep the kids up a little later for a visit to Adventure Science Center on Sunday, Sept. 27, to view the total lunar eclipse over Nashville. It will be the last chance to see a total lunar eclipse locally until 2019.
More information is available at www.adventuresci.org/LunarEclipse2015.
A lunar eclipse occurs when the moon moves through Earth’s shadow, gradually causing sunlight to be blocked from the moon’s surface. At totality, the moon may take on a red or orange color in the night sky. The last lunar eclipse visible in Tennessee was in April 2015, but it occurred in the early morning making it hard to witness. However, this eclipse is much more conveniently timed:
- Partial eclipse begins: 8:07 p.m. CDT
- Total eclipse begins: 9:11 p.m. CDT
- Total eclipse ends: 10:23 p.m. CDT
- Partial eclipse ends: 11:27 p.m. CDT
Lunar eclipses are perfectly safe to view, and no special equipment is needed. Telescopes and binoculars add to the fun, but all that’s really needed to enjoy a lunar eclipse is clear weather.
The Science Center is offering a wide range of activities for Lunar Eclipse Day, including a free, outdoor Star Party at 7:30 p.m. presented by the Barnard-Seyfert Astronomical Society where visitors can view the eclipse through telescopes and become more familiar with the night sky.
Special Activities (included with general admission, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.):
· Solar System in Your Pocket – Create a little take home that shows you the relative distances between the sun and all of the planets in our solar system. Also, get to see how the sun, moon, and the earth compare to one another with some scale model demonstrations.
· Phases of the Moon – Hold the moon in your hand and take on the role of Earth as you rotate and see the phases of the moon change from new moon to full moon and back again. Learn why there isn’t an eclipse every month.
· Craters in the Moon – Join us outside the building for a fun experiment! See how meteor impacts create craters and the pattern of debris that is thrown off from the impact when we drop different sized rocks and balls into a container with flour and cocoa powder.
· What Color Will It Be? – Vote on what color you think the eclipse will produce while learning about diffraction!
To celebrate the occasion, the Sudekum Planetarium will be showing Back to the Moon for Good¸ which presents the thrilling story of engineering teams competing to be the first private group to send a robotic mission to the moon. The audience will also get to enjoy a special, live presentation of lunar eclipses that includes simulations and exploring the Earth-Moon-Sun system! Show times in the planetarium’s Judith Payne Turner Theatre are 2:30, 5, 6 and 7 p.m.
Guests who enter the Science Center on Sept. 27 between 10 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. pay the regular general admission price of $14 for adults/teens and $11 for children (ages 2-12), and their admission is good through 8:30 p.m. Guests of all ages who enter the Science Center between 3:30 and 8:30 p.m. pay $6 general admission. Tickets to the planetarium can be added to general admission for $6 for non-members and $3 for members. Adventure Science Center’s exhibits will have extended hours until 8:30 p.m. There is no admission charge for the outdoor Star Party beginning at 7:30 p.m.
Program subject to change. Star Party is weather-dependent. Special thanks to Regions for sponsoring Regions Free Day, which is sold out.
About Adventure Science Center
For nearly 70 years, Adventure Science Center has brought science to life for students, teachers and families in Middle Tennessee, Southern Kentucky, Northern Alabama and beyond. The Center offers hands-on, interactive exhibits and engaging programs that encourage visitors of all ages to explore how science is relevant in their lives. Adventure Science Center encourages imagination and curiosity in a fun, dynamic learning environment. It is located at 800 Fort Negley Blvd. in Nashville. For more information, call (615) 862-5160 or visit www.adventuresci.org.