- December 20: The Winter Solstice
Our December meeting will be on the evening of the 20th, just one day before the winter solstice. In winter at our latitude, the Sun stays low to the horizon and days are short, but the solstice marks the turning point. From then onward, days begin to lengthen again and the Sun rises higher in the sky each day. Mankind has celebrated this turning point for millennia as a time of rebirth and hope. Jerry Oltion will talk about the physical as well as the sociological aspects of the winter solstice. Why does the Sun dip so low in the sky in winter? What causes the seasons? Will they always be the same, or will astronomical alignments change enough to alter the seasons as we know them? Do other planets in our solar system have seasons? Come to our December meeting and find out. Meetings are held on the third Thursday of every month at the Science Center planetarium. We start promptly at 7:00, so come early to visit and get a seat.
- January 11, 6:00
- February 15, 6:00
- March 15, 7:30
- April 12, 8:00
- May 10, 8:45
- June 7, 9:00
- July 12, 9:00
- August 9, 8:45
- September 6, 7:45
- October 4, 7:00
- November 1, 6:00
- December 6, 6:00
These "First Quarter Fridays" are held on College Hill Reservoir, 24th and Lawrence in Eugene, either at 6:00 p.m. or dusk, whichever is later.
Total Lunar Eclipse January 20th, 2019
On the night of January 20th, there will be a total eclipse of the Moon. We're not sure yet whether we'll host an eclipse party at the College Hill Reservoir or at the Science Center, but we'll definitely get together somewhere.
The eclipse starts at 7:34 p.m., with totality from 8:41 to 9:44. The eclipse ends at 10:51.