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'Blood moon' object of Lunar Eclipse Festival

September 22, 2015 10:39 A.M.
Sunday's lunar eclipse takes place at 7:47 p.m.

A “blood moon” is expected to appear over Kamloops on Sunday, a chance for the public to join local amateur astronomers at TRU for a special Lunar Eclipse Festival.

Kamloops Astronomical Society is holding the event at TRU’s International Building, which features a fourth-floor observatory deck.

The event gets underway at 6:30 p.m. with Bill Burnyeat, program manager of Canadian planetariums, presenting a talk entitled Eclipsing Bodies of the Universe.

Observation of the spectacle should follow with the full eclipse occurring at 7:47 p.m. If the eclipse is obscured by cloud, the society will have an indoor video feed set up in Room 1020, ensuring that the event won’t be missed.

Kim Jenner, society treasurer, said they expect about 150 people to attend. They’re anticipating good weather.

“We like to have public outreach with the club,” Jenner said. “Generally we’d be up at Stake Lake (where the society’s observatory is located) but it’s nice to have a big lecture hall.”

He will bring a large, six-inch Celestron eyepiece manufactured in the 1960s. Most eyepieces are much smaller.

As for the eclipse itself, this is the second in 2015 after one took place in spring.

“They’re all a little different. Some are red and some are oranger, some a little more spectacular. There’s another blood moon in this one. 

Jenner said they have 50 or 60 video feeds to choose from if the eclipse can’t be seen in Kamloops.

“Everybody and their dog is going to be watching this one.”


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