GLEN ELLYN - The Glen Ellyn Park District will sponsor a viewing Jan. 20 of a total lunar eclipse at the Lake Ellyn Boathouse, 645 Lenox Road.
"We're inviting the community to come and view this amazing celestial event," said Jeannie Robinson, the district's assistant superintendent of recreation services. "We're hoping for clear skies, so we can have a perfect view."
Robinson and Renae Frigo, park district naturalist, will be on hand to answer questions.
"This fun event is free and is open to all ages," Frigo said. "People can arrive at 7:30 pm, and I'll be leading a night hike through the park from 8 to 9 p.m. before the eclipse. The Park District will provide free hot chocolate in the boathouse, and people can use the facility to warm up if the evening is chilly."
Robinson and Frigo will also provide general information in the Boathouse so attendees can learn fun facts about the eclipse.
"We're offering a chance to win a $100 gift certificate to use with the Glen Ellyn Park District in honor of the District's 100 Year Anniversary," Robinson said.
The night hike, led by Frigo, will offer a host of information for those interested in the eclipse and in nocturnal life.
"During the walk around Lake Ellyn, I'll discuss this Super Blood Moon eclipse along with other nocturnal happenings this time of year," she said. "The partial eclipse begins at 9:33 p.m., so we'll be finished with the hike before then and will be ready for the lunar display."
The full eclipse will occur at 10:41 p.m. and the maximum eclipse will be at 11:12 p.m. The full eclipse ends at 11:43 p.m. and the event will conclude at 11:45 p.m.
"Most of the event takes place outdoors," said Robinson. "We ask everyone to please dress for the weather. We hope to get a great turnout to view this rare lunar eclipse."
Check the Park District's Rainout Line at www.gepark.org/weather as the eclipse viewing portion of this event will be canceled if viewing conditions are not favorable.