A program about Comet Hale-Bopp was given in the planetarium and in the lecture hall at 7:00 pm on March 23, 1997, but viewing was hampered by cloudly skies. Later that same night, however, the skies cleared nicely to view the partial lunar eclipse between 9:00 and 11:00 pm. Then it became cloudy again. Approximately 250 people viewed the moon through the telescope during the eclipse. The moon became a beautiful reddish brown as shown above from about 10:15 to 10:50 pm. The maximum coverage of 92% was at 10:41. Click here to see a great picture taken by David Hanon.
Program appointments can be arranged by calling Kathy Nelson at the Planetarium, (309) 794-7327, or you may request information by e-mail to Kathy Nelson at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The observatory and planetarium are located on the college campus at the 38th Street hill entrance, about one block south of 7th Avenue.