CANCELLED - Observe the Lunar Eclipse

January 20, 2019 | 9:30pm - January 21, 2019 | 1:00am
Phoebe Waterman Haas Public Observatory

Due to the government shutdown, this event has been cancelled.

You can still view the total lunar eclipse in your own neighborhood! Head to a place with a southern view during the times listed below, and look for the almost full Moon in the sky.

Watch the Moon slide through the blood-red shadow of the Earth!  Join staff and volunteers of the Phoebe Waterman Haas Public Observatory to observe a total lunar eclipse.  Our staff will help you use our telescopes and interpret this amazing astronomical phenomenon. 

No special equipment is necessary to safely observe the lunar eclipse.  The eclipse lasts more than three hours.  Guests are advised to bring warm clothes, warm socks and boots, and a hot drink.  All food and drink must be securely wrapped up and covered before entering the Observatory.

Key times for the lunar eclipse in Washington, DC include:

  • January 20, 10:33 pm EST: The Moon starts entering the shadow of the Earth
  • January 20, 11:41 pm EST: Total lunar eclipse begins
  • January 21, 12:43 am EST: Total lunar eclipse ends
  • January 21, 1:50 am EST: The Moon finishes leaving the shadow of the Earth



  • Stargazing is free and open to the public
  • It is weather permitting. See the Welcome Center or call 202.633.2517 for updates
  • We are accessible via ramps or steps