October brings blood moon, eclipses to prominence a sky
October 7, 2014 - Supermoon
October is a month of sky mysteries and shows of wonder.
Highlights embody solar and lunar eclipses, blood moons and a Orionid meteor shower.
And, it is a month when American Indian storytelling per a night sky starts in aspiring around campfires.
Lunar and solar eclipses start twice a year, though we don’t always get to see them, pronounced Robert Henry, partner executive of a Fairmount Center for Science and Mathematics Education during Wichita State University.
The lunar obscure is when a earth comes between a object and a moon and casts a shade opposite a moon’s surface, causing a moon to go dark. According to Henry, when a full moon passes above or next a Earth’s shadow, no obscure occurs. But when a moon’s circuit takes it by a Earth’s shadow, that’s when we can see a eclipse.
The sum lunar obscure entrance adult Wednesday might make for an considerable eclipse, providing clouds don’t get in a way, pronounced Henry, who is also a module manager during Lake Afton Public Observatory.
It will need some early morning rising for those who wish to perspective it. The obscure will enter a penumbra theatre (where there is usually a slight dimming of a moon’s light) during 3:15 a.m.; a umbra (where a moon enters a dim prejudiced of a shadow) during 4:15 a.m.
“Hey, I’m not a one determining when these times will be,” Henry pronounced to a someone fussy about a earliness of a lunar watching.
“At 5:26 to 6:24 a.m., that’s when a moon will be in a prejudiced infrequently referred to as a blood moon,” Henry pronounced of a moon’s reddish glow.
“It will usually be that tone if there is dust, charcoal and other particulate matter high adult in a atmosphere, a form that is mostly constructed by a lot of volcanic activity.”
If there isn’t adequate dust, a moon will be totally dark.
Although a obscure might be noticed from any plcae that offers a good perspective of a early morning sky, a Lake Afton observatory, about 20 miles southwest of Wichita, will be open from 4 to 6:30 a.m. Admission is $5 for adults and $3 for children ages 6-12.
During a afternoon of Oct. 23, Kansans will get another possibility during saying an obscure – this time a prejudiced obscure of a sun. On that day, between 4 and 6 p.m., a moon will pass between a earth and a sun, charity people – who have taken precautions and are wearing protecting eye wear – a possibility to perspective a object and object spots.
“People should never demeanour during a object but correct protection,” Henry said.
On Oct. 23, members of a Kansas Astronomical Observers will set adult filtered telescopes during Exploration Place, 300 N. McLean Blvd., for a open to perspective a sun’s obscure during no charge. Lake Afton Public Observatory also will offer filtered telescopes for viewing. Admission to a look-out is $5 for adults; $3 for children.
If we skip a Oct. 23 eclipse, Henry said, we will have to wait until 2017.
Also on a nights of Oct. 20 and 21, a Orionid meteor showering will light adult a night sky, infrequently promulgation as many as 20 meteors an hour tarnishing opposite a sky. The best time to see them is between midnight and before dawn, according to a timeanddate.com website.
On Friday, a Lake Afton Public Observatory is hosting an dusk of American Indian storytelling to be hold around a campfire. The giveaway eventuality offers a possibility to hear about dedicated star stories that have upheld from era to era and how a night skies mostly shabby genealogical life.
October sky events
Total Lunar Eclipse , 4 to 6:30 a.m. Oct. 8, Lake Afton Public Observatory, 25000 W. 39th St. South. Observe a second sum lunar obscure of a year from a Lake Afton Public Observatory. The moon will enter a middle prejudiced of Earth’s shade during about 4:15 a.m. Totality will start from 5:25 a.m. to 6:24 a.m. and a prejudiced proviso will finish during about 7:30 a.m. Admission: $5 for adults; $3 for ages 6 – 12. For some-more information, call 316-978-3350
Partial Solar Eclipse 1:30 to 6 p.m. Oct. 23, Exploration Place, 300 N. McLean Blvd. on a outward plaza. The eventuality is free. For some-more information, call 316-660-0600.
Lake Afton will also be open on a afternoon of Oct. 23, from 4 to 6:30 p.m., and staff will be regulating telescopes with correct filters to perspective a sun. The open is invited.
Native American Storytelling, 8 p.m. outward a Lake Afton Public Observatory. Jan Brooks, a member of a Ojibwe clan will horde a evening. If skies are cloudy so a stars can’t be seen, a module will be canceled. The notice of a termination will be posted on a Observatory hotline (316-978-7827 – choice 1) and on a Observatory Facebook page no after than 6 p.m. that evening.
Throughout Oct by Dec. 20, a Lake Afton Observatory is open to a open any Friday and Saturday night, from 7:30 to 10 p.m.