Residents looking for the best vantage point for Sunday night’s rare celestial event are in luck with Lake Brownwood State Park hosting its Super Blood Moon Viewing Party.
From 9:30 p.m. to midnight the Lake Brownwood State Park will host visitors to witness the event solar event that, according to lunar projections by NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center, will be the last lunar eclipse viewable in the US until 2022.
“This is a meeting of a few lunar events. First of all, it’s a super moon so it’s going to be at the closest point to the Earth, making it look a lot larger than it normally does,” Lake Brownwood Assistant Superintendent Nikki Little. “It’s also a full lunar eclipse and I think this one is longer than it typically is. It’s going to last about an hour. It’s going to look really cool.”
Throughout the event Little will make a presentation detailing the stages of the eclipse as the Earth passes between the sun and the moon, giving the moon a rustic tint for up to an hour and a half. Little encourages anyone who plans to attend to bring a lawn chair, a blanket and a pair of binoculars.
“We’re providing a place for people to come out to view this event. I’m going to set up talking about what we’re seeing and some facts about the moon,” Little said. “We have a few activities for people to do, but mostly it’s a come and go sort of thing where people can come, set up a chair and check it out. It’s nice and dark at the park. We will have a nice open field for people to get set up in.”
Little said she began organizing the event shortly after reading news articles detailing the rarity of the lunar eclipse. In order to keep the park on the minds of area residents, she said Lake Brownwood uses rare natural events to provide an interesting, educational experience. Through these programs she hopes introduce the park to new visitors and keep it relevant to those already aware of it.
“I thought this would be a great opportunity that would be simple to do and not require a lot of equipment. The nice thing about the moon is you don’t really need any binoculars or anything to see it,” Little said. “It’s bright enough on it’s own … I don’t think the next event like this is for a couple of years. It’s not super rare, but this does not happen all of the time either and I want to give people an opportunity to experience this out here in the park.”
For more information regarding the Super Blood Moon Viewing Party contact Lake Brownwood State Park at (325) 784-5223 or message them online via their Facebook page.