June 4 Partial Eclipse of the Moon

The eclipse began as the moon set

This morning the second astronomical event described in the planetarium show “Crossing the Sun” took place in clear skies. As the sun rose and the moon set on the opposite side of the sky, the Earth’s shadow began to slip across the moon making a partial lunar eclipse.

Here in Kalamazoo it was not a spectacular event. Because of the timing of the event, the moon was sliding below the horizon just as the eclipse was becoming noticeable. But, as we said in the planetarium show, this is the warm up act for tomorrow evening’s Transit of Venus.

We will begin our transit event with a free showing of the program “Crossing the Sun” followed by transit viewing with the museum’s telescopes. The show will start at 5:00 PM, and the telescopes will be ready to go at 6:00 PM – with the transit starting at approximately 6:05 PM.

The next Transit of Venus is 105 years away, so come down to see this one. Skies are expected to be partly cloudy, but that means mostly clear!

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