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Lunar Eclipse Night

May 15 - May 16


Members: $8
General Public: $10

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Eclipse Times

Eclipse Starts: 10:27 p.m.
Totality Begins: 11:29 p.m.
Totality Ends: 12:53 a.m.

Lunar Eclipse Night

Sun., May 15 from 10 p.m. to Mon., May 16 1:00 a.m.

Save the date for this astronomical event that won’t be seen again in Columbia in years!

The State Museum invites all night owls to see a total lunar eclipse, beginning late Sunday night, May 15, and continuing through the early hours of Monday, May 16. The Boeing Observatory, select exhibition galleries, including Apollo 16 & Beyond: South Carolina in Space, and a short planetarium live sky show at 10:15 and 10:45 pm will also be available for guests on this special night.

The lunar eclipse will begin around 10:30 p.m. and, weather permitting, guests will be able to see the “blood Moon” turn a dark red color as it travels through the Earth’s shadow. The next total lunar eclipse visible from our area will not occur until March 2025. 

In the event of inclement or cloudy weather, the lunar eclipse will be livestreamed in our state-digital dome planetarium. We hope you’ll join us for this public observing event.

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.”


May 15
May 16
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