St. Petersburg College holds lunar eclipse viewing opportunity

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (WFLA) – Want a close-up and personal look at Sunday night’s lunar eclipse? St.Petersburg College is the place to be.

They are holding a viewing for the public.

“It’s really one of the simplest celestial events,” said Craig Joseph, director of the planetarium. “The moon, during its full moon phase, will actually enter the Earth’s shadow and be covered in the Earth’s shadow.”

This celestial phenomenon occurs twice a year, Joseph told 8 On Your Side. When they come, they last quite a while.

“It takes about an hour to move into the Earth’s shadow. It will remain in the shadow of the completely covered Earth for about 84 minutes, and then about an hour or so away from the Earth’s shadow.”

If you’re trying to capture different angles and views of a solar eclipse, the University of St. Pete is the place for you.

We have three different types of telescopes. We have several refracting telescopes, some reflecting telescopes, and some compound telescopes that use mirrors and lenses to collect light. “

Joseph says you don’t need a fancy telescope to see a lunar eclipse. All you have to do is step out of the house and look up.

“You know the full moon, you can see it without a telescope, and you can easily see a small bite being removed from the moon. That bite will get bigger and bigger until the moon is completely in the Earth’s shadow.”

The telescope at St.Petersburg College is provided until midnight.

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Alley Einstein

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