Public Eclipse Watch with Hertford Astronomy Group

Friday 27th July 2018 from 20:30pm to 23:30pm

King George V Playing Fields

Beehive Lane, Welwyn Garden City, AL7 4BW, East of England


Join members of Hertford Astronomy Group to watch the total eclipse of the Moon.

The moon will rise at 8:50 already in eclipse and reach mid-eclipse at 9:20, though it will still only be 8º above the horizon. Totality will last until 10:15, and for the next hour after that, the curve of the Earth’s shadow will be seen sliding across the Moon.

Mars will rise around 10pm, and during the evening it should also be possible to see Venus, Jupiter and Saturn! As a bonus there will be two passes of the International Space Station.

You are welcome to bring telescopes and binoculars to add to those provided by embers of the society. The group plans to project a view of the eclipse onto a screen so that visitors will be able to follow the action without having to queue at an eyepiece.

Whilst observing is dependent on clear skies there will also be displays and talks, so there will be things to do whatever the weather.

Everyone is welcome and there is no charge however please contact Jerry Stone, Programme and Outreach Secretary, at [email protected], saying how many people will be coming along.

Corona virus

Please be aware that due to the Coronavirus it is likely that this event has been cancelled or postponed. If you are considering attending this event please double check with the event organiser directly to confirm. If this event is indeed affected the organisers will no doubt need your support in the future -- please do consider attending an event of theirs when possible! Thank you!


This event is being organised by Hertford Astronomy Group who should be contacted if you have any queries. We highly recommend you confirm this event is indeed going ahead before travelling. If you do attend it would be fantastic if you could let the organiser know you found them via Go Stargazing!


If you would like to attend this event please contact [email protected] letting them know how many people to expect.

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