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Unique opportunity offers locals special view of lunar eclipse

Posted at 12:02 PM, Jan 14, 2019
Blood moon
Locals will have unique chance to view lunar eclipse at Air Force Academy (AP Photo/Hatem Moussa)

COLORADO SPRINGS – In less than one week, Colorado Springs residents will have a unique opportunity.

On Sunday, January 20th, for about 60 minutes, the moon will turn a blood red color and Earth will experience a total lunar eclipse.

Just for locals, the United States Air Force Academy invites everyone to join them starting at 7 p.m.

Participants will view a short film explaining eclipses and phases of the moon inside the newly renovated planetarium. After the film, USAFA’s observatory director Dr. Devin Della-Rose will talk about the lunar eclipse and answer any questions.

Afterward, the real show begins.

Participants will venture outside to watch the eclipse with their naked eyes and have a chance to see the moon up close through telescopes.

Staring straight at the moon is unlike watching a solar eclipse, which can be dangerous if you are not using protective eyewear.

“It’s always safe to look at the moon,” Della-Rose said.

The viewing is completely free and no reservations are required. Visitors can enter through the North Gate starting at 6:30 p.m. on Sunday and park outside the planetarium. No one is allowed to stay on the grounds past 10:30 p.m.

Researchers say the next full lunar eclipse will not grace the Earth’s sky until May 2021.