Celestial Shadows: Prepare Yourself for the Total Lunar Eclipse

Full moon (Credit: Jonathan Gomez Barrientos)

On January 20 and 21, the full moon will pass into earth’s shadow and turn from a radiant white to an eerie red — marking the first Pan-American total eclipse in 19 years.

Learn more about the astronomical phenomenon on Friday, January 18, from 7 to 9 p.m. at the South Fork Natural History Museum in Bridgehampton, which will host Montauk Observatory astronomer William Francis Taylor for a free lecture and celestial observing.

“It’s easy for everyone to see the eclipse but, with simple equipment and little background knowledge, the spectacle gets even better,” a press release said. “Join us for an evening dedicated to the moon — from ancient science to the latest discoveries from the surface.”

The eclipse will begin at approximately 10:30 p.m. on January 20, reach totality by about 1 a.m. on January 21, and conclude almost three hours later. For more information, call (631) 537-9735 or visit sofo.org.