The Tellus Observatory gives visitors a view of the night sky through a 20″ telescope perfect for viewing the Moon and planets in our solar system.

The observatory also houses a seismograph used to detect earthquakes all over the world.

Tours of the observatory are available during special events, such as lectures and Family Science Nights.


EclipseWednesday, OCT 08, 2014
5 – 8:30 AM

This event will occur whether the skies are clear or cloudy!

Members: FREE
Non-Members: Regular Admission

Set your alarm clock for EARLY in the morning so you can join us at the museum for a Total Lunar Eclipse before you head off to work or school!

The Observatory and the Museum will open at 5 AM, and the eclipse will begin at 5:14 AM. All telescopes will be aimed at the Moon this evening, including our 20-inch PlaneWave telescope in the Observatory, along with our smaller telescopes on the Museum grounds. Images of the Moon will be broadcast from the Observatory into the Theater, where our experts will provide running commentary on the eclipse. Should the skies over Tellus become cloudy, we plan to tune in to a clear site elsewhere in North or South America and broadcast the image from their observatory. The Moon sets locally at 7:43 AM, but we will continue to stream images of the eclipse into the Theater from observatories farther west until the end of the eclipse at 8:34 AM. The Museum will remain open through normal operating hours.

A total lunar eclipse happens at full Moon, when the Earth is lined up exactly between the Moon and the Sun. Although this alignment occurs with every full Moon, only during a total eclipse is Earth perfectly aligned to cast its full shadow on the Moon. This should be a unique and exciting experience for everyone.

Since the entire museum will be open, plan to have breakfast with us. The Café will be open and will have fresh, hot coffee along with a special breakfast menu until 10 AM.

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