Where To View The Lunar Eclipse In Colorado

How Colorado will experience the total lunar eclipse on September 27, 2015. Image Credit: NASA's Scientific Visualization Studio

How Colorado will experience the total lunar eclipse on September 27, 2015. Image Credit: NASA’s Scientific Visualization Studio

September 25, 2015 – On the evening of September 27, 2015, the Moon enters the Earth’s shadow, creating a total lunar eclipse, the last of four visible in the Western Hemisphere in a span of 18 months. The bright full moon over North America should turn a shade of celestial red during the eclipse.

For a total lunar eclipse to happen, the Moon must be full, which means it is directly opposite the Sun, with Earth in between. The eclipse happens when the Moon moves into the shadow cast by the Sun shining on Earth. We don’t have an eclipse every month because sometimes the Moon is above the shadow, sometimes below.

During the eclipse, the Moon often looks reddish because sunlight has passed through Earth’s atmosphere, which filters out most of its blue light. This eerie, harmless effect has earned the tongue-in-cheek nickname “blood moon.”

A telescope isn’t needed to view a lunar eclipse — just find the Moon in the sky and enjoy! However, if you’d like to view the eclipse through a telescope, the following locations around Colorado will be having eclipse viewing parties:

Event: Open House at Chamberlin Observatory
Date: September 27, 2015
Time: Dusk – 11:00 p.m.
Location: Chamberlin Observatory, 2930 East Warren Avenue, Denver, Colorado

Description: Special lunar eclipse just after sunset; clouds permitting.


Event: Super Moon/Total Lunar Eclipse Viewing Party
Date: September 27, 2015
Time: 6:00 p.m.
Location: Colorado State University- Pueblo Observatory, 4028 W. 11th St., Pueblo, Colorado

Description: This is the last lunar eclipse of this tetrad cycle. The next tetrad cycle will not take place until 2032-2033…so you might want to take this one in. We’ll have telescopes on hand for up close viewing of the lunar surface as it turns a deep red color when passing through the penumbra of Earth’s shadow. And if you wish place your camera up to the eyepiece to get a picture of this incredible event. We start at 6pm. This is free to attend and of course everyone is welcome. If you have any questions please email Alan Knight at aknight@scaspueblo.com or call him at 719-337-3970.


Event: Lunar Eclipse Viewing
Date: September 27, 2015
Time: 6:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
Location: CCA Observatory, CentreTech Campus, Aurora, Colorado

Description: As you know, there is a total eclipse of the Moon this Sunday evening. This is a very well-timed event, with the best part of the eclipse coming in mid-evening and easily visible (weather permitting) in the Denver/Aurora area. The CCA Observatory is planning to have a couple of telescopes set up for a close-up view, free and open to all. You are invited to join us.


Event: Total Lunar Eclipse Observation Party
Date: September 27, 2015
Time: 7:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.
Location: CU Boulder’s Fiske Planetarium, 2414 Regent Drive, Boulder, Colorado

Description: Join Fiske for a casual evening of viewing a spectacular Lunar Eclipse. This eclipse is during prime time hours from 7pm-10pm. Just after sunset we invite anyone to visit the front lawn of Fiske and the observatory up the hill. We will have some telescopes to see a detailed look at the Earth’s shadow moving across the moon as well as CU astronomers to guide you through the science of what this eclipse is doing. This event is FREE. Be sure to bring a camping chair or a blanket to sit back and relax as this eclipse evolves over 3 hours.


Event: Supermoon Lunar Eclipse Viewing
Date: September 27, 2015
Time: 7:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.
Location: Sunlight Peak Observatory, FRCC’s Larimer Campus, 4616 S. Shields Street, Fort Collins, Colorado

Description: The two observatories in Fort Collins that Front Range Community College operates will be open for the “supermoon” lunar eclipse. Both events are weather permitting, and neither observatory is heated, so please dress appropriately. For updates about weather conditions affecting the viewing schedule, check the observatory’s Facebook page. (https://www.facebook.com/sunlightpeak). Amateur astronomers are invited to bring their own telescopes.


Event: Supermoon Lunar Eclipse Viewing
Date: September 27, 2015
Time: 7:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.
Location: Stargazer Observatory, 3733 Galileo Drive, Fort Collins, Colorado

Description: The two observatories in Fort Collins that Front Range Community College operates will be open for the “supermoon” lunar eclipse. Both events are weather permitting, and neither observatory is heated, so please dress appropriately. For updates about weather conditions affecting the viewing schedule, check the observatory’s Facebook page. (https://www.facebook.com/sunlightpeak). Amateur astronomers are invited to bring their own telescopes.