Eclipse & Full Moon viewing at the Deering Estate
Sky watchers will have a rare opportunity to view both the Eclipse and Full "Snow" Moon at the Deering Estate on Friday, February 10th, from 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm. The cost is $5 per person, for ages 4 and older & free for Deering Estate Foundation members. The Deering Estate is located at 16701 SW 72 Avenue.
The "penumbral" lunar eclipse is not as noticeable as a total lunar eclipse, but the rather subtle phenomenon occurs when the moon moves through the outer part of Earth’s shadow (known as the penumbra), according to EarthSky.org. The outer shadow of the Earth blocks part of the sun's rays from reaching the moon, making it appear slightly darker than usual.
The exact moment of the penumbral eclipse is 7:43 pm ET and will be visible from Europe, Africa, western Asia and eastern North and South America, NASA reports.
Later that evening, a few hours after the eclipse (around 3:00 am), Comet 45P, which has been visible after sunset for the past two months through binoculars and telescopes, will make its closest approach to Earth when it will be only 7.4 million miles away, NASA said.
Don't forget that Valentine's Day is next Tuesday! Come back to the Deering Estate and enjoy a romantic evening under the stars at the 18th annual "Moonlight & Music" Valentine's Day Concert. Concert tickets are $25 and can be purchased online for an additional fee or by calling the Deering Estate Sales Office at 305-235-1668 ext. 233. The Ticket Office is open daily, from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm. Please note that tickets are non-refundable, rain or shine.
About the Deering Estate
The 450+ acre Deering Estate is an environmental, archaeological and historical preserve. From canoe tours to bird walks and guided Historic House & Natural Areas Tours, the Deering Estate has diverse activities for the whole family to enjoy. The Estate is part of the Miami-Dade County Parks, Recreation and Open Space Department, which manages the Estate on behalf of the State of Florida.