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Lunar Eclipse Night

Lunar Eclipse Night

Sun., Jan. 20 from 5 p.m. to 12:30 a.m.

On Sunday, Jan. 20, 2019, Columbia will have a front row seat for a total lunar eclipse! Join us at the State Museum for a special after-hours viewing of this unique astronomical event featuring:

Lunar eclipse totality begins at 11:41 p.m. with maximum eclipse at 12:12 a.m. Totality ends at 12:43 a.m.

Eclipse viewing is dependent on clear skies. In the event of poor weather, the museum will still be open and we will offer guests the opportunity to watch a livestream of the eclipse.

General admission is $5 for the general public and is FREE museum members. Please note: planetarium shows, 4D movies and blockbuster exhibit tickets are each an additional $5 general public / $4 members.

Want to learn more about telescopes?

Join museum observatory staff for a Family Astronomy Workshop from 6 – 8 p.m. and then stick around to watch the lunar eclipse. Click HERE to learn more and sign-up!

Did You Know?

A lunar eclipse occurs when the moon passes through Earth’s shadow. As the sun, Earth and moon align, the Earth blocks direct sunlight from reaching the moon. During a lunar eclipse, a small amount of sunlight filters through Earth’s atmosphere, giving the moon an eerie red color, hence the expression which you may have heard before, “blood moon.”