HIGHLAND HEIGHTS, Ky. – Northern Kentucky University’s Haile Digital Planetarium will be open to the public Sunday night to mark a rare celestial event: a supermoon lunar eclipse.
A supermoon lunar eclipse occurs when three events coincide: a full moon, a lunar eclipse – when the sun, Earth and moon are aligned – and a lunar perigee, when the moon is nearest the Earth. The last supermoon lunar eclipse was in 1982; the next one will occur in 2033.
The Haile Digital Planetarium and NKU’s Department of Physics, Geology and Engineering Technology will offer the public the chance to view the event, speak with astronomers, view special programs, and interact with the planetarium dome.
The event begins at 9 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 27.
Telescopes will be set up outside the Hermann Natural Science Center, weather permitting. A webcast of the eclipse will be streamed on the planetarium dome, rain or shine, and those who attend can learn how to control the dome.
The planetarium will also present the programs Earth, Moon, Sun at 9 p.m. and Back to the Moon at 10 p.m.
The event is free and open to the public, but reservations are required. Click here to reserve a spot.
The Haile Digital Planetarium opened in 2007 and was the first laser projection planetarium system constructed at a university anywhere in the world.
The Haile Digital Planetarium is located in the Dorothy Westerman Herrmann Natural Science Center. Parking is available in the Kenton Drive Garage. Click here to view a campus map.
For more information, contact the NKU Connect Center at 859-572-5600 or firstname.lastname@example.org.