The Denver Astronomical Society is inviting the community to two events in May that take place on the south lawn of the University of Denver’s Historic Chamberlin Observatory, 2930 E. Warren Ave.
The first event takes place on May 7. This is one of the society’s monthly open houses, which take place each month, weather dependent. Open houses are scheduled to take place on the Saturday that falls closest to the first-quarter moon. Attendees should plan on arriving at about dusk, so for the May 7 open house, that would be about 7:30-8 p.m.
Open houses are free and open to the public, and no RSVP is required. Members set up their telescopes and allow people to look through them and ask questions. Those who have a telescope of their own are welcome to bring it, and members can assist with setting it up or help tutor on how to use it, if need be.
The Denver Astronomical Society’s open houses are opportunity to increase the knowledge and fun of astronomy, said Ron Hranac, a long-time member of the Denver Astronomical Society who serves as the organization’s media contact.
The second event takes place on May 15. This is a special open house to invite people to view the total lunar eclipse — often called a blood moon — that is happening that night.
Denver Astronomical Society members will be setting up telescopes and binoculars for the public’s use, but people are also welcome to bring their own if they have them.
It is recommended to arrive at about 8-8:30 p.m. to see the beginning of the partial eclipse. People can stay as late as they would like, but should plan on staying until about 11 p.m. or so, which is about when the full eclipse will be ending.
Hranac provided the May 15 eclipse times in mountain time:
• Partial eclipse begins at 8:27 p.m.
• Total eclipse begins at 9:29 p.m.
• Maximum eclipse at 10:11 p.m.
• Total eclipse ends at 10:53 p.m.
• Partial eclipse ends at 11:55 p.m.
Like the open houses, the May 15 event is free and open to the public, and a reservation is not required.
To learn more about the Denver Astronomical Society, visit denverastro.org. The website has a calendar that people can reference to learn about future open houses.
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