The month of May held an exciting lunar event! On the evening of Sunday, May 15th and early into Monday morning many sky watchers got to experience the first lunar eclipse of 2022. The full moon, nicknamed the May Flower moon, also happened to be a super moon! The event became called The Super Flower Blood Moon. If that doesn’t sound exciting enough, there was more!
Nevada Outdoor School,The California Trail Interpretive Center and Friends of the Rubies all partnered together to throw a Lunar Eclipse Viewing Party! The event was held out at the California Trail Center and was open to the public of all ages. The party started at 7:30pm which allowed time for participants to arrive, sign in and join in on a quick Nature Hike around the trail center.
At the end of the short hike, participants were greeted by the sight of the blood red moon rising up above the Rubies! Despite the cloudy weather, the moon could still be viewed and it was quite spectacular! The inside of the Trail Center was also open with a live feed of the moon seen across the world.
While the eclipse was in progress hot chocolate and s’mores were being served and a campfire kept everyone warm and enjoying a sweet treat. Two telescopes were also set up to view the moon and the eclipse. The event lasted until about 9:30 pm and while driving home the moon could still be seen up in the night sky.
If you didn’t have a chance to make it to this event, don’t worry! There will be plenty of night sky events in the future for those of you who enjoy looking up into the vast sky full of stars and mystery. We hope to see you soon!