Elephant Rocks State Park will host a new after-hours astronomy event this spring. On May 15, a rare blood moon total eclipse will be visible at the park. The eclipse will start at 8:30 p.m., peak at 11:11 p.m., and end at 12:50 a.m. The public is invited to come out and enjoy this spectacular event from the outstanding viewing position next to the Elephant Rocks. The lack of city lights and the clear field of view from the rocks combine to create a great astronomical observation spot.
Elephant Rocks is a day-use-only park and is normally closed after dark, but for the past few years, we have hosted several after-hours meteor shower events, which have been very popular. We are glad to expand the astronomy viewing opportunities for this very rare event. As the eclipse starts, the moon will turn a shade of red, giving it the name “Blood Moon.” Park staff will be on hand to assist visitors.
Please remember it is May and you should dress for changeable spring conditions. It is often warmer on the rocks early in the evening, as they radiate the heat they stored up while in the hot sun all day. It then cools off as the night progresses, so be prepared to add layers as needed. Also be prepared to deal with insects like mosquitoes and ticks. Please remember this is a carry in, carry out park; bring in only what you will be able to carry out when you leave. Trash receptacles are provided at the parking lot of the park.
Please be respectful of other visitors’ experiences, and avoid excessive use of artificial lights and excessive noise during the event. You are encouraged to bring lawn chairs or blankets, but no tents or other invasive camping equipment, such as lanterns, will be allowed. Absolutely no campfires will be allowed.
For more information, call the park at 573-546-3454 and speak to Brick or Bryan.
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