By Taylor Rodriguez

Staff Reporter

On the 20th of January you will be able to experience an entire Lunar Eclipse from anywhere in the Continental United States.

According to timeanddate.com, the event will take place from about 8:36 p.m. and will end around 1:48 a.m. the following morning. Several Lunar Eclipses take place in an 18 year period known as Saros. Bob Gallup, Professor of Physics and Mathematics and Astronomy Professor, had a little light to shed on the topic.

“Solar and lunar eclipses occur on a cycle called a saros that lasts a little over 18 years.  During the 18 year period, eclipse happen at irregular times. At some times, eclipses occur every six months or so, while at other times, years pass between eclipses.  For example, after the total lunar eclipse on Sunday, the next one won’t be until May 26 of 2021, over two years away.”

Because Lunar Eclipses are longer, low intensity events compared to Solar Eclipses which last only a few minutes, it’s not very common to find large groups of people gathering and spectating the astronomical event.

However, there are some die-hard astronomy enthusiasts out there who gather with others through social media to enjoy the spectacle in person. On Sunday evening the weather in Winfield will be in the low 30’s with some clouds so be sure to bundle up for the event!

As long as you have an unobstructed view of the southeastern sky in Kansas, you should be able to catch a glimpse of the Eclipse. Be sure to see it, the next won’t be until May 2021!

Taylor Rodriguez is a sophomore majoring in Computer Science and Digital Arts. You may email him at taylor.rodriguez@sckans.edu.