Lunar eclipse at the Anton Pannekoek Institute attracts large crowd
On 27 July a full lunar eclipse was visible in Europe. The Anton Pannekoek Institute for Astronomy of the University of Amsterdam organised a special stargazing event with telescopes, lectures, workshops and guided tours in honour of this natural phenomenon.
The evening attracted a large crowd. An estimated 1200 people came to Amsterdam Science Park to enjoy the eclipse. In addition to the eclipse, which was especially visible from the end of totality, the planets Saturn, Mars and Jupiter were also clearly visible through the telescopes.
In the building were lectures, workshops for children, and people could visit the star domes. A livestream was also broadcast from the so-called 'solar dome' of API. An accelerated video recording of the end of totality can be seen in this video.
This evening was made possible with the help of the Volkssterrenwacht Amsterdam and amateur astronomers from astroforum.nl who came to help with their telescopes.