Special Events

Special Events

Planetarium Special Events

Canceled - Lunar Eclipse Viewing Party - January 20 - 9:30 PM - 3:00 AM

Lunar Eclipse

Update: Due to forecasts predicting clouds and low temperatures, we will be canceling the Lunar Eclipse Viewing Party scheduled for Sunday, January 20. Thanks to everyone who was planning to attend! Hope for clear skies for our next Observatory Open House on February 11. You can also visit the Edelman Planetarium for any of our public shows including our eclipse themed show, Totality. Our current schedule runs through March 17. Live streams of the eclipse are available at Slooh.com or timeanddate.com/live.

Watch as the Moon slips into Earth's shadow and turns a deep red color. On January 20-21 skywatchers will get the chance to witness a total lunar eclipse.

Lunar eclipses occur when Earth's shadow blocks the sun's light, which otherwise reflects off the moon. There are three types — total, partial and penumbral — with the most dramatic being a total lunar eclipse, in which Earth's shadow completely covers the moon. The moon won't completely disappear, but it will be cast in an eerie darkness that makes it easy to miss if you were not looking for the eclipse. Some sunlight passing through Earth's atmosphere is scattered and refracted, or bent, and refocused on the moon, giving it a dim, sometimes red, glow even during totality giving rise to the term "blood moon".

Observe the lunar eclipse with your own eyes through telescopes around Science Hall. Astronomy faculty and club members will be on-hand to operate our telescopes and guide visitors as they view objects in the night sky. Be sure to dress for the weather!

Experience a lunar eclipse from the surface of the moon in the Planetarium. Live tours of the night sky will be offered every 20 minutes until 1:00 a.m.

Visitors are welcome to come and go as they please throughout the night. A list of start and end times for the eclipse is available below:

Lunar Eclipse Timetable
In the event of clouds or poor viewing conditions, the event will be canceled. Weather calls will be made by 3:00 PM January 20 and shared to our website and social media.

This event is free and open to everyone!

Please note:

This event is garnering more interest than anticipated. Thousands of people are expected to join us at this event!

  • To minimize confusion and frustration we are implementing the following policies and changes to the event:
    • In the event of clouds or poor viewing conditions, the event will be canceled. Weather calls will be made by 3:00 p.m. and shared to our website and social media.
    • Visitors are encouraged to park in Lots A and A-1 then follow Meditation Walk to Science Hall (see a map on our website: https://sites.rowan.edu/planetarium/parking.html). Lots O and O-1 will also be available.
    • Access to Science Hall, and thereby the Edelman Planetarium, will only be available from the front of the building (the side facing Robinson Hall). All other entrances will be locked.
    • Due to equipment failure, the 16” research telescope will not be available. We apologize for any disappointment this may cause.
    • The planetarium will be offering a live show every 20 minutes until 1:00 a.m. Tickets are free but required.
      • You can get your tickets at the welcome table inside Science Hall.
      • All members of your party must be present to receive your tickets.
      • The planetarium can seat 100 people per show.
      • We will begin giving out tickets at 9:30 p.m. for the first show at 9:40 p.m. We will not be giving out tickets in advance.
        • Show Schedule:
          • 9:40 p.m.
          • 10:00 p.m.
          • 10:20 p.m.
          • 10:40 p.m.
          • 11:00 p.m.
          • 11:20 p.m.
          • 11:40 p.m.
          • 12:00 p.m.
          • 12:20 p.m.
          • 12:40 p.m.
    • For safety, we will not be utilizing our rooftop observation deck. Instead, telescopes will be set up around the exterior of Science Hall. Telescopes will be ready for observation at 9:30 p.m.
    • Our students will need time and space to set-up our telescopes, as such, access to the area around and including Science Hall will be closed until 9:15 p.m.
    • Visitors are welcome to bring their own telescopes and binoculars for viewing the eclipse, however our students and staff will not be able to assist you with set-up.
    • Bathrooms are available inside Science Hall. All other buildings will be locked.
    • Food will not be available for purchase during the event. Visitors should bring their own food/drink.
    • This event is primarily outdoors, so dress for the weather!
  • And remember, special equipment is not necessary for viewing the eclipse. All you have to do is look up!