Last-Minute "Blood Moon": Griffith Observatory Open Late - NBC Southern California

Last-Minute "Blood Moon": Griffith Observatory Open Late

Need a spot to admire the Blood Moon? The observatory's taking the night shift.



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    Griffith Observatory will stay open late on April 14, and into April 15, for the eclipse-cool Blood Moon. (Photo by David McNew/Getty Images)

    If you head up the hill once a month, to Griffith Observatory's free star parties, you know that you'll chat with astronomers and fans of the night sky about nebula, galaxies, clusters, and the glittery vast canopy overhead.

    But eclipses are rarer, as is the memorably named "Blood Moon." Our lunar neighbor does not adhere to our terrestrial calendar, of course, and the late-hour April 14 sky show does not coincide with a free Griffith telescope party. 

    Happy news, however: The sky-loving landmark kept late hours just the same in honor of the dramatic event.

    Very late hours. The eclipse lasted into the wee smalls of Tuesday, April 15, and visitors were able to wander the building and roof to admire it (the Zeiss telescope was also open). The cafe kept late hours, and there were lawn telescopes, so you could score a look-see down on the grassy expanse.

    Big Crowds Turn Out at Griffith Observatory for Blood Moon

    [LA] Big Crowds Turn Out at Griffith Observatory for Blood Moon
    The roads leading to Griffith Park were packed as sky watchers turned out in droves to see the lunar eclipse. Robert Kovacik reports from Griffith Park for the NBC4 News at 11 on Monday, April 14, 2014.
    (Published Tuesday, April 15, 2014)

    The event wrapped at 2 a.m. so it was truly a late-nighter. And, yep: There was major attendance. How can people not be tempted by something called the Blood Moon? We're Hollywoodized, after all. It sounds like the start of an exciting adventure screenplay (only it's real).

    Those who preffered to participate at home? They were able to, crowd-free: Griffith streamed the action through 3:40 a.m.

    The penumbral eclipse kicked off at seven minutes to 10 p.m., local time.

    Blood Moon! Let's do this, earth, sun, and lunar satellite.

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