A total lunar eclipse will be visible across Australia and parts of New Zealand on the evening of January 31. A number of planetariums and observatories will be hosting events, providing a great opportunity to share this grand experience with others.
NEW SOUTH WALES
Late night astronomy: Lunar Eclipse, Sydney Observatory
Visit Sydney Observatory and use our telescopes to catch the best view of the upcoming lunar eclipse during a special late night tour.
Enjoy an evening of astronomy with telescope viewings* and stargazing. Discover the science of lunar eclipses and take a stroll through the Observatory after hours. Pack a late-night snack to bring with you and enjoy the view of the Southern Sky over the harbour.
TIME: 10:30pm January 31 – 1:30am February 1
COST: $40 adults, $32 concession, $32 child, $32 MAAS member, $28 MAAS member child
River Murray Dark Sky Reserve
Bring a picnic dinner and hear from a special guest speaker as you enjoy the total eclipse of the Moon under a superb dark sky away from the light pollution of the city.
Ballarat Municipal Observatory & Museum
Come along for a special evening under the beautiful eclipsed Moon. The 3rd Rock Cafe will be open for dinner.
TIME: 9pm to late
COST: $10 adults, $8 concession, $5 student (under 18), $25 family 4 (2 adults + 2 children), $30 family 5 (2 adults + 3 children)
Midnight Moon, Melbourne Planetarium
Stay up late to share in the wonder of watching Earth’s shadow engulf the Moon. Marvel at the vivid reminder that we are part of a much larger Universe with your expert guide – astronomer Dr Tanya Hill. Enjoy live Moon-inspired music from leading Melbourne Jazz identity Steve Sedergreen and be immersed in Moonwalk a fulldome artistic show about the history and cultural influence of the Moon.
TIME: 9.15pm January 31 – 12:30am February 1
COST: $40 adults
Lunar Eclipse Special Sighting, Stardome Observatory and Planetarium
See a planetarium show, look through the telescopes, watch live streams, learn how to take your own astrophotography images of the Moon, grab something to eat at the food trucks on site and wander through our special ‘Lunar Exhibition’ in the Matariki Room.
In the early hours of the morning, witness the lunar eclipse alongside fellow lunar-enthusiasts! Get into your PJ’s (we won’t judge!) and bring the kids for this special event.
TIME: 8pm January 31 – 3am February 1
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