2022 Lunar Eclipse

Did you know a total lunar eclipse will occur on Sunday, 15 May? You could watch the event from home or come enjoy it under darker skies and hang out with other astronomy enthusiasts at Powell Observatory in Louisburg, KS. A lunar eclipse is a leisurely event which takes place over several hours. The upcoming lunar eclipse will begin at 8:30 pm with totality occurring at about 10:30 pm then diminishing gradually over the next hours.

Powell Observatory will be open for visitors to bring lawn chairs, blankets, bug spray and some patience as the night sky puts on a show meant to be enjoyed slowly. Bring your own lawn chair and/or blanket. The field has been treated for mosquitoes but there may still be a few around so bring your own repellant if desired.

All activities will be outside with images from our telescopes shown remotely on 2 large screens on the fence.

Schedule of events:

Time Phase Event

8:32 pm

Sun, May 15

Penumbral Eclipse begins  The Earth's penumbra start touching the Moon's face.
Moon close to horizon, so make sure you have free sight to East-southeast.

9:27 pm

Sun, May 15

Partial Eclipse begins Partial moon eclipse starts - moon is getting red.

10:29 pm

Sun, May 15

Total Eclipse begins Total moon eclipse starts - completely red moon.

11:11 pm

Sun, May 15

Maximum Eclipse Moon is closest to the center of the shadow.

11:53 pm

Sun, May 15

Total Eclipse ends  Total moon eclipse ends.

12:55 am

Mon, May 16

Partial Eclipse ends Partial moon eclipse ends.

1:50 am

Mon, May 16

Penumbral Eclipse ends The Earth's penumbra ends.

Directions to Powell Observatory

Take US 69 Highway to the Louisburg exit. Go east on Highway 68 (West Amity) ¾ mile to Broadway. Turn left and proceed 1 mile north to 271st Street. Turn left and proceed ¾ mile west to Jingo Road. Turn right and proceed 7/10 mile north to the entrance to Lewis Young Park. Proceed 3/10 mile west on Melrose past the tractor pull area on your left and around the curve. The observatory is on the left just past the line of trees. Parking is on the north side of the street.

You can also find it on Google Maps by entering the name "Powell Observatory" or just click this link.

The address is:

26500 Melrose Street
Louisburg, KS 66053


No white lights (headlights, flashlights, mobile phones, etc.) are allowed at the observatory.  Red flashlights are allowed.  Please dim your headlights when approaching and leaving the observatory.

Pets shall be maintained on a leash at all times and controlled. No pets, running, or play around telescopes.

We are located in a public park and all park rules must be followed.