Join in lunar eclipse viewing and night hike with Glen Ellyn Park District

  • On Sunday, Jan. 20, during the lunar eclipse, a Glen Ellyn Park District naturalist will lead a hike around Lake Ellyn and discuss this "Super Blood Moon" eclipse, along with other nocturnal happenings in winter.

    On Sunday, Jan. 20, during the lunar eclipse, a Glen Ellyn Park District naturalist will lead a hike around Lake Ellyn and discuss this "Super Blood Moon" eclipse, along with other nocturnal happenings in winter. Bev Horne | Staff Photographer, 2015

 
 
Updated 1/8/2019 8:14 PM

On Sunday, Jan. 20, a special event will take place in the winter night skies -- a total lunar eclipse!

"We're inviting the community to come and view this amazing celestial event," said Jeannie Robinson, assistant superintendent of recreation services with the Glen Ellyn Park District. We're hoping for clear skies, so we can have a perfect view."

 

Robinson and Renae Frigo, a naturalist with the Glen Ellyn Park District, will be on hand to answer questions and keep things running smoothly during the evening.

"This fun event is free, and is open to all ages," explained Frigo. "People can arrive at 7:30 p.m., and I'll be leading a night hike through the park from 8 to 9 p.m. before the eclipse. The park district will provide free hot chocolate in the Boathouse, and people can use the facility to warm up if the evening is chilly."

Robinson and Frigo also will provide general information in the Boathouse so attendees can learn fun facts about the eclipse.

"We're offering a chance to win a $100 gift certificate to use with the Glen Ellyn Park District in honor of the district's 100th anniversary," added Robinson.

The special night hike, led by Frigo, will offer a host of information for those interested in the eclipse and in nocturnal life.

"During the walk around Lake Ellyn, I'll discuss this Super Blood Moon eclipse, along with other nocturnal happenings this time of year," she said. "The partial eclipse begins at 9:33 p.m., so we'll be finished with the hike before then and will be ready for the lunar display."

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While the partial eclipse begins at 9:33 p.m., the full eclipse will occur at 10:41 p.m. and the maximum eclipse will be at 11:12 p.m. The full eclipse ends at 11:43 p.m., and the event will conclude at 11:45 p.m.

"Most of the event takes place outdoors," said Robinson. "We ask everyone to please dress for the weather. We hope to get a great turnout to view this rare lunar eclipse!"

Be sure to check the Glen Ellyn Park District's Rainout Line at gepark.org/rainout-line/, as the eclipse viewing portion of this event will be canceled if viewing conditions are not favorable.

For information, visit gepark.org.