Red Moon Serene Universe

Join us for an opportunity to look out beyond our life on the ground and experience the magnificence of space. On the evening of July 27 2018 the Moon will pass through the Earth’s shadow. It will be a very deep eclipse, as the Moon will pass almost straight through the middle of the shadow. In Cork, the Moon will rise over the horizon at 21:25 local time, just before the maximum of the eclipse occurs at 21:30 local time. As the deep red Moon rises higher in the sky in the hours that follow, it slowly moves out of the eclipse which ends at 23:15 local time, when the full Moon will return to its normal appearance. All this is easily observed with the naked eye. The use of telescopes or binoculars can greatly enhance the experience.

-SOLD OUT- From 7.30pm – 8.30pm: A screen showing of the beautiful Space Film by Maarten Roos Serene Universe with a concert performance of improvised music based on compositions by American composer and Glass Armonica Player William Zeitler. Featuring Ilse de Ziah cello, Tom Crowley violin, and the Red Moon Ensemble. This will be followed by Shadows, a short talk from Planetary Scientist and Film maker Maarten Roos about the shadowy story of eclipses, how we can use them to do science and what they tell us about the universe.

Reserve your free tickets for this part of the event via the booking link.

Family Friendly Eclipse Workshop: Free. 7.30pm – 8.30pm families can join the CIT Blackrock Castle Observatory education team in a fascinating workshop about lunar eclipses.

Moon and Planet Observations From 8.30pm, Lower Car Park – Telescopes will be set up by The Cork Astronomy Club in conjunction with CIT Blackrock Castle Observatory for public observation of the Lunar eclipse and other planets including Jupiter, Saturn, Venus and Mars rising from the East. Feel free to join at this stage in the event.

All are welcome to come, take part in the workshop, listen to the captivating music, watch incredible film footage of space and see at first hand a magnificent Lunar Eclipse through high quality telescopes.


The Event is free but tickets for the Serene Universe live music event must be booked as numbers in the theatre are limited.
Tickets for theatre event now sold out.

Event Information

  • Dates: Friday 27th July, 2018
  • Time 7.30pm onwards
  • Venue: CIT Blackrock Castle Observatory , Castle Road, Blackrock
  • Serene Universe: Booking Required: Film with concert performance, adult audience, 7.30pm to 8.30pm, followed by Shadows
  • Shadows: Short Talk with Maarten Roos: Included with booking for Serene Universe
  • Family Friendly Eclipse Workshop: no booking required, drop in 7.30pm to 8.30pm
  • Moon Viewing: no booking required, weather dependent, from 9pm

Booking is required for events in the Theatre only

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