Viewing Wednesday’s Lunar Eclipse in New Jersey

On Wednesday February 20th there will be a lunar eclipse in the evening. For anyone who has never seen a lunar eclipse it can be very fascinating to watch. There are however several things that you need to know in order to make sure you get the best view possible of the lunar eclipse. Following are a few of those suggestions.

First you will need to know the best time to view the eclipse which is usually between 8 p.m. and 11. Regardless of your location you should be able to see it, but you can get the best view by visiting a local park that has a nice open or elevated area. Visiting a local preserve in your area is also a good idea so that you don’t have to worry about any buildings blocking your view. Using a telescope is the bet way to view the eclipse.

The only thing that can prevent you from getting a clear view of the eclipse is a cloudy sky. So far, the forecast for Wednesday evening for New Jersey is not looking to good for some areas, which are expected to get a lot of clouds. I would recommend that you take a look at your local weather forecast before venturing out.

Try taking along some friends with you to view the eclipse. It can be a lot of fun to turn the event into a small party. Bring along a few snacks and gaze at the eclipse. This is especially interesting for children to see. In New Jersey, Roan University’s Edelma Planetarium and the Department of Physics will host a free public session where you can use their telescopes to view the eclipse. The telescopes are located on their roof and you will be able to get an amazing view. It will begin at 8 p.m. and end at 11. At the beginning of the program they will give you some information on the sky itself and answer any questions that visitors may have.

If you can not venture to a certain location and would still like to see it from the comfort of your own home, you can also use a pain of binoculars and stand in your yard. You won’t get as good of a view as you would with a telescope, but you will still be able to get a nice view of the eclipse. The next eclipse will not take place until 2010.


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