Super Moon Eclipse at Tower
Experience the rare event of a super moon and lunar eclipse
(Hartford, Ill. – Sept. 23, 2015) – For the first time ever, the rare astronomical event of a super moon coinciding with a total lunar eclipse can be viewed at the Lewis and Clark Confluence Tower, 435 Confluence Tower Dr., Hartford, on Sunday, Sept. 27 between 6:30 p.m. and 9 p.m.
This once in a generation experience will be visible starting from about 7 p.m. with the full eclipse occurring at about 9:10 p.m. Bring your telescopes, cameras and friends to witness what scientists are calling a rare celestial event from 50, 100 and 150 feet high. Admission to this event is $5 per person and includes unlimited trips up and down the tower.
During this super moon lunar eclipse, the moon gets caught in the shadow of the Earth for over an hour. Because sunlight will still reach the moon’s surface, the moon will have a reddish hue. For this reason it’s called a blood moon.
This is the first super moon eclipse since 1982. Scientist predict the next one won’t occur until 2033.
A supermoon is also known as a perigee moon because it looks to be 14% larger and 30% brighter than an apogee moon, which is a moon that is further away from Earth.
“This is the first event of its kind since the Tower opened five years ago,” Deanna Barnes, Project Manager for the Village of Hartford said. “We are thrilled we have the opportunity to host this event at the Tower. This isn’t going to happen very often. With the lack of city lights hindering our view, we know the Tower is going to be the place to be to see this exciting phenomena.”
The Confluence Tower is open Wednesdays through Saturdays from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sundays from Noon to 5 p.m. Guided tours are available throughout the day.
Admission to the tower is $4 for adults; $3 for adults over 62, active military and veterans; $2 for children aged 12 and under; and children 2 and under are free. Group rates are available for 12 or more people and reservations can be made by calling the Alton Regional Convention and Visitors Bureau at (618) 465-6676.
For more information about the Confluence Tower and to get the full event schedule, call 618-251-9101 or visit the events page at www.confluencetower.com.