On May 26, most of the Americas and eastern Asia will be treated to a total lunar eclipse. While lunar eclipses are perhaps less spectacular than solar eclipses, they are more common and much easier to view.
I thought it might be helpful to provide a short primer on lunar eclipses in general and how, when, and where to view this one in particular for the Boise metro area. Most of what I say here will be relevant for other regions as well.
I did my best to answer their questions and also gave them a tour of the night sky using the sky simulator stellarium.
Among the displays at the education center was a tray full of sand. As you dragged your hand through the sand, a computer projected topographic contours onto the sand that were updated in real-time to show how water would flow. Apparently, this set-up is called an “Augmented Reality Sandbox“. The video above shows how it works.
Boise’s local near-space expert Dr. Paul Verhage has begun posting video versions of his program “Idaho Skies”. The video provides a nice description of astronomical objects visible during the week of June 5-11, along with some fun astronomy history. Worth a look.