Eclipse Visitors and Clouds

A special thanks goes to those who braved the elements to join us for the eclipse. We especially enjoyed meeting first timers to our facility, many from nearby neighborhoods.

Some thirty folks came by the Planetarium parking lot to view the Lunar Eclipse Sunday evening September 27. The weather was terrible: mist, occasional drizzle, and heavy clouds. However, the patience of many was rewarded with occasional few minute glimpses of the partially eclipsed moon through slight breaks in the clouds. We even got a quick look or two of the totally eclipsed moon.

By mid-eclipse it was apparent that the clouds were not going to thin again for some time. All had left by 11 PM. I got home at about 12:10 AM just in time for a major clearing and watched the last 10 minutes or so through bird watching binoculars. Terrific! I watched as the Moon’s “Sea of Crises” came out of the Earth’s shadow.

Our Fort Wayne Astronomical Society partners also had about 30 hearty visitors to their New Haven-Jefferson Township Park observatory, where the weather of course was the same yuck we experienced on campus. (AVP)

Notes from the Director

Fall Planetarium Weekend Public Programs – October 23-25

October 7, 2015

Join us the last full weekend of October, for our 2015 Fall Planetarium Weekend. The evening shows on Friday and Saturday will be our Northern Lights show “Aurora.” This is one of our most frequently requested shows from folks who have yet to see it, and those who have seen it, but want to experience Read More »

Venus and Jupiter Dancing Again in the Pre-Dawn Sky

The last of the three recent conjunctions of Venus and Jupiter can be seen any clear morning this month, in the east an hour or so before sunrise. This conjunction  —the last of three during 2014-15— is very similar to the Venus/Jupiter conjunction of 2 BC, which many believe is what the Wisemen experienced as Read More »

Total Eclipse Public Viewing

September 7, 2015

Schouweiler Planetarium and Fort Wayne Astronomical Society are co-sponsoring two public viewing sites for this Sunday’s Total Eclipse of the Moon. The eclipse partial phase begins when the moon enters the Earth’s shadow at 9:07 PM. The total eclipse occurs between 10:11 PM and 11:11 PM. During totality the Full Moon will turn a dim Read More »