As darkness falls this coming weekend, there will be much to see in Western Nevada.
Wrap up your weekend by heading over to Jack C. Davis Observatory at Western Nevada College for a total lunar eclipse viewing event on Sunday evening, Jan. 20.
If the weather cooperates, Northern Nevadans will be treated to a total lunar eclipse (rain is in the forecast). A lunar eclipse occurs when the Earth moves between the Sun and Moon and casts a shadow across the Moon. It will last for about an hour and the Moon will turn an orangish-red during this time.
“The entire eclipse event should be visible from Northern Nevada,” said Jack C. Davis Observatory Director Dr. Thomas Herring. “Our staff will have several telescopes available for viewing and fun facts about the Moon and eclipses.”
Doors to the observatory will open at 5:30 p.m. and the penumbral eclipse will start at 6:36 p.m. The partial eclipse will begin at 7:33 p.m. and reach totality at 8:41 p.m. Maximum eclipse occurs at 9:12 p.m. and the total eclipse ends at 9:43 p.m. The outgoing partial eclipse will last until 10:50 p.m. and the penumbra shadow will pass off of the Moon at 11:48 p.m.
The observatory is located at 2699 Van Patten Drive, overlooking WNC and Carson City.