Total Lunar Eclipse: Live Stream


Date: Wednesday, 26 May, 2021

Time: 7:00 PM - 9:30 PM

Venue: Online - YouTube & Facebook


Total Lunar Eclipse: Live Stream -- presented by the Astronomical Society of South Australia

Watch Live on YouTube or Facebook starting 7pm ACST Wednesday 26 May 2021.

Over $3,000 in prizes and giveaways on offer during the broadcast!

The public is invited to join the Astronomical Society of South Australia (ASSA) for a special online event to watch a live stream of the Total Lunar Eclipse on Wednesday 26 May 2021. The live stream is free of charge and can be watched from the comfort of people’s homes at http://assa.org.au/tle. The live stream is suitable for viewers of all ages regardless of their knowledge of the night sky.

The live stream will feature close-up views of the Moon changing colour as it gradually moves into the Earth’s shadow during the eclipse. Our network of imaging telescopes located in South Australia, Victoria and Queensland (and further afield if necessary) will provide the best opportunity to view this special celestial event regardless of the local weather conditions. The live stream will include expert commentary, short presentations and activities lead by a panel of educators, scientists and amateur astronomers to ensure a memorable and unique experience for everyone.

During the eclipse the Moon will pass through Earth’s shadow on the evening of Wednesday May 26 creating a beautiful spectacle. The Moon will remain fully immersed in the deepest part of that shadow for only 15 minutes and is expected to turn deep orange from the colour of sunlight filtering through Earth’s atmosphere – the light of a thousand sunsets and sunrises on Earth projected onto the surface of the Moon!

This lunar eclipse is also special because the Moon will be 31,000km closer than its average orbital distance from Earth and making it appear about 9% larger than normal during totality. As a result, some people are calling this event a “Super Blood Moon Eclipse” although such terms are not generally used or recognised by astronomers.

The partial phase of the eclipse begins at 7:15pm, when you’ll be able to see Earth’s shadow begin to travel across the Moon’s surface. By 8:41pm the Moon completely enters Earth’s dark inner shadow. It ends when the Moon begins to exit the shadow, 15 minutes later. The partial eclipse phase ends at 10:22pm.

The Total Lunar Eclipse: Live Stream event is being presented by the ASSA in place of its regular Autumn Stockport Star Party, which together with other in-person public viewing nights, have being suspended in South Australia due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Over $3,000 in prizes and giveaways are on offer, and funds raised from raffle ticket sales will be used by ASSA to buy equipment to enable safe non-contact in-person sharing of telescope views with the general public. The first of the new style in-person events is planned for August 2021.

Questions? Viewers can send in questions ahead of time by emailing us at: questions@assa.org.au

Watch Live on YouTube or Facebook starting 7pm ACSWednesday 26 May 2021.

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Prizes & Raffle Tickets

The sponsors of the ASSA Total Lunar Eclipse: Live Stream event -- Adelaide Optical Centre and Celestron Australia, together with ASSA -- have  donated two magnificent prize packages to help the Society raise funds to promote the science of Astronomy in South Australia during the COVID-19 pandemic and beyond. Two raffle draws will take place during the live stream event to select the winners.

Members of the Astronomical Society of South Australia have shared their knowledge and views of the night sky with the public since 1892.

Funds raised through the sale of raffle tickets will enable the Society to buy specialist equipment and services so we can continue to provide a rich, engaging and safe non-contact in-person experience for the general public. The first of the new style in-person events is being planned for August 2021. 

Tickets are available to purchase until 8:00pm ACST 26 May 2021.

Raffle ticket purchases open to Australian residents only.

Both raffles drawn during the 26 May 2021 ASSA Total Lunar Eclipse: Live Stream event. Winners will be announced on the night and notified by email.

 

Raffle A: Celestron 25x100 Binoculars -- RRP $835

This prize consists of a single pair of Celestron Sky Master 25x100 binoculars and is valued at $835 (details) donated by Adelaide Optical Centre.

Only $5 a ticket • 1,000 tickets (max) available

Buy tickets here

 

Raffle B: Computerised Telescope + Smartphone Adapter -- RRP $2,034

The prize package consists of a Sky-Watcher Flextube 200P SynScan GoTo Collapsibile Dobsonian Telescope valued at $1,899 (details) plus a Celestron NexYZ 3-Axis Universal Smartphone Adapter valued at $135 (details).

Only $10 a ticket • 1,000 tickets (max) available

Buy tickets here

 

Tickets are available to purchase until 8:00pm ACST 26 May 2021.

Raffle ticket purchases open to Australian residents only.

Both raffles drawn during the 26 May 2021 ASSA Total Lunar Eclipse: Live Stream event. Winners will be announced on the night and notified by email.

Thank you for your support!

 

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