C A N C E L L E D
|What:||YOU’RE INVITED to observe January’s total lunar eclipse through telescopes with friends and family. PARTICIPANTS ARE URGED TO BRING THEIR TELESCOPES so that everyone will have the opportunity of viewing through many different kinds of scopes. updates will be posted at this website and www.danscamera.com|
|When:||January 20, 2000 starting at 9:00 p.m. and continuing until it is over which is at 1:25 a.m., January 21.|
|Where:||William Allen High School Practice Field, Allentown, just west of J. Birney Crum Stadium -- lower end of the stadium opposite the scoreboard. This is where the July 4th fireworks display occurs. Free in-field parking for people bringing scopes. Participants are asked to contact Richard Bausch at Dan’s Camera City 610-434-2313 or 610-434-8450, ext. 372, or Gary A. Becker at the ASD Planetarium, 610-820-2204.|
|Why:||This total lunar eclipse will be the best one visible from the Lehigh Valley until February 20, 2008. You’ll also get the chance to look through many different kinds of telescopes focused on Earth’s nearest neighbor as it slips into the shadow of our planet. The moon’s colorations during totality can vary from browns to reds to brick reds to yellow-reds depending upon atmospheric clarity. Since the dust from the 1991 eruption of Mt. Pinatubo has settled, astronomers are predicting a colorful event that will be amplified by the light-gathering capabilities of telescopes.|
|Go/No Go:||Call 610-434-2313 or 610-820-2204 after 4:00 p.m. on January 20 to ensure that the event is a go! Information will also be posted at this website and www.danscamera.com|
|Arrive:||Set up time for people bringing telescopes is between 9-10 p.m. The main event starts promptly at 10:01 p.m. We ask that you stay until at least the start of totality which occurs at 11:05 p.m., but you’ll probably want to stay longer because this is when the eclipse really becomes interesting.|
|Dress:||Dress warmly. Layer your clothing. Make sure that your head, hands, and feet are protected. It is illegal to have alcoholic beverages on District property.|
North/East/West of Allentown: Take Route 22, exiting at 15th St. Proceed south towards town for approximately 1-1/2 miles past Trexler Middle School (left) and the Armory (right) to Linden St. If you cross Hamilton, you have gone one block too far. Turn right onto Linden and proceed past William Allen High School. J. Birney Crum Stadium is on the right at the bottom of the hill. Park on the street. If you are bringing a telescope, turn right immediately beyond the Stadium and then left at the ticket booth to gain access to the Allen practice field. See the picture below looking east up Linden St. You will be coming down Linden.
South/North of Allentown: Northbound on I-78, exit at Lehigh St. Bear right onto Lehigh inbound towards the city. If you’re coming southbound on 78, bear left onto Lehigh St. at the light at the bottom of the exit ramp. Pass under the highway towards town. At the Parkway Shopping Center bear left at the light and proceed over the Little Lehigh River (one mile), uphill past the WMCA to Hamilton St. The Hotel Traylor is on your right. The next block is Linden St. Turn left onto Linden and proceed past William Allen High School. J. Birney Crum Stadium is on the right at the bottom of the hill. Park on the street. If you are bringing a telescope, turn right immediately past the Stadium and then left at the ticket booth to gain access to the Allen practice field. See the picture below looking east up Linden St. You will be coming down Linden.
Use the western entrance to J. Birney Crum Stadium. At the ticket booth, turn left onto the Allen High School practice field. If you bring a telescope you'll be able to park here or drive onto the field if the ground is frozen. Remember to bring a flashlight. Exterior lighting will be turned off at 9:30 p.m.
Parking for individuals bringing telescopes will be in front of the goalpost. Participants will be able to set up their telescopes on the playing field. Lavatories will be available nearby. Thanks are extended to Keith R. Falko, Allen High Principal, and Scott Cooperman, Allen Athletic Director, for their cooperation and enthusiasm in supporting this event.
If you get cold while observing, the boy's and the girl's locker rooms will be open for a break.