Lunar Eclipse with OOG (Orion Observation Group) and their telescopes


Visitors will be able to view the only total lunar eclipse visible to South Africans in 2011 at the Taalmonument on Paarl Mountain on Wednesday 15 June.  The event is presented in collaboration with the Orion Observation Group (OOG), an informal stargazing club from the Boland, Western Cape area.

Willie Koorts, chairperson of OOG, said: “This is the only total lunar eclipse visible from South Africa in 2011.  The most spectacular part of the eclipse will take place from 20:25 when one side of the moon will start to darken as it moves into the earth’s shadow within the next hour.  The moon will be in total eclipse from 21:25 until just after 23:00, when the process is reversed for the moon to be ‘full’ again by midnight.”

Visitors will be able to watch the lunar eclipse through telescopes under the guidance of OOG members.  People are encouraged to bring their binoculars.  The gates open at 19:00 and close at 22:30.  The event will be cancelled if the weather is bad.  Soup and light refreshments will be available from Volksmond Coffee Shop.  Simonsvlei dessert wines will be for sale at cellar prices.

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