UCF to host total lunar eclipse viewing party Sunday
The public is welcome to spend their Sunday night looking for a chance to catch a total lunar eclipse right from campus.
UCF's Robinson Observatory will sponsor a viewing party on Memory Mall from 9 p.m. to 12:30 a.m., according to a release.
As part of the "Knights Under The Stars" series, participants will have a chance to see the eclipse from one of 10 mobile telescopes. UCF's Planetary Sciences Group and Astronomy Society at UCF will be in attendance to help with the telescopes and provide expert commentary about what is being viewed.
"This is the last total lunar eclipse visible from Florida for three and a half years. We should also be able to sneak a peek at Saturn and its rings while we're out there," associate professor of physics and director of the observatory, Yan Fernandez, said in the release.
The eclipse is expected to last from 10:11 p.m. to 11:23 p.m., with partial eclipse sightings before and after.
To ensure rain doesn't cancel the event, interested participants are encouraged to check the observatory's Facebook page beforehand.
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