if the weather is clear tonight — well, early Friday morning, from 3 to 4:30 a.m. — a small crew of Westport Astronomical Society volunteers will have telescopes ready. The public can view one of the longest lunar eclipses in centuries, at the Bayberry Lane observatory.
Moon gazers will be treated to a “blood micro-moon” — the first of this length (3 hours, 28 minutes, 23 seconds) in 580 years. Nearly all of the moon’s surface will be covered in the Earth’s shadow.
The moon will be so close to opposite the sun that it will pass through the southern part of the shadow of the earth, making this a nearly total lunar eclipse.
WAS will open for the darkest portions of the eclipse (3 to 4:30 a.m.) — cloud cover permitting — as the moon enters and begins to exit earth’s umbra shadow.
Have you gotten wind of what’s at the Westport Library at 2 p.m. on Sunday?
In partnership with Verso Studios, Stamford Symphony presents a Wind Quintet performance. It’s a follow-up to the Stamford Symphony Gala, streamed live from the Library last month.
Serving as the eastern hub for the Stamford Symphony, the Westport Library partnership strengthens its mission to serve many audiences in Fairfield County, and make music accessible for all-ages. Click here for tickets, and more information.
The Trinity College field hockey teams plays in — and hosts — the NCAA Division III Final Four on Saturday. They face Johns Hopkins at 2 p.m.
The team features 3 former Staples stars: Christine Taylor, Elle Fair and Izzy Deveney. Go Bantams! (Hat tip: Jesse Bauks)
Sure, we ran a couple of Longshore fall foliage shots recently, as Pics of the Day.
But the view never gets old. We have to cherish the week or two every year that it looks this stunning. So here — thanks to recent Westport arrival Mona Patel — is today’s “Westport … Naturally” shot:
And finally … On this day in 1928, a mouse called Mickey debuted on film. “Steamboat Willie” — the first animation synchronized to music and sound — premiered in New York.