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Total Lunar Eclipse Viewing Party



Thank you for your overwhelming interest in our September 27th Supermoon Total Lunar Eclipse Viewing Party! The response has been so great that we have moved the event to a new location:

King’s College Circle
(a.k.a. Front Campus)
St. George Campus
University of Toronto

This year’s eclipse is special in many ways. It will be the last total lunar eclipse visible from Toronto until 2019. Also, it’s taking place during a “supermoon.” A supermoon occurs when the full (or new) Moon is closest to Earth in its orbit.

So join us for all the FREE super fun and check the Facebook event page for further updates:

  • See the Moon through our telescopes
  • Talk to U of T astronomers about lunar eclipses and anything else astronomical
  • Learn how to take photos of the moon
  • Enter our Lunar Eclipse Photography Contest for a chance to win prizes. Full details >
  • Take a virtual tour of the Moon using our Oculus Rift virtual reality headset
  • Explore the digital cosmos using World Wide Telescope virtual telescope
  • And more!


8:30 pm – Let’s get this party started!
9:07 pm – Partial eclipse begins: only a portion of the Moon is in the Earth’s shadow during the partial phase.
10:11 pm – Total eclipse begins: the entire Moon is in the Earth’s shadow.
10:47 pm – Midpoint of total eclipse.
11:23 pm – Total eclipse ends.
12:27 am – Partial eclipse ends.


There is very limited parking on or near campus. We recommend that you walk, ride your bicycle, or take the TTC. We are a five-minute walk from Queen’s Park Station on the University subway line, and a ten-minute walk from the St. George Station on the Bloor/Danforth line.

For streetcar and other TTC options >

For Bike Share Toronto stations >

For City of Toronto parking options, search for “King’s College Circle” >

For University of Toronto parking options, choose “Parking Lots” >


Washrooms will be available in U of T’s Convocation Hall, immediately adjacent to King’s College Circle.


Washrooms in Convocation Hall are wheelchair accessible. According to the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA), the grass lawn of King’s College Circle is NOT wheelchair accessible. However, there will be telescopes on the walkway in front of Convocation Hall.


IN THE EVENT OF RAIN, TELESCOPE OBSERVING IN KING’S COLLEGE CIRCLE WILL BE CANCELLED. However, some activities will be moved to the JJR Macleod Auditorium in the Medical Sciences Building on the southeast corner of KCC.

FOR NOTICE OF CANCELLATION please check the following. (You do NOT have to be on Twitter, Facebook or Instagram to check):

In the event of intermittent overcast, we will not cancel the event as the eclipse may become visible through breaks in the clouds.


Please check the forecast and dress accordingly. Please wear proper footwear for the King’s College Circle grass field—especially if there has been rain.


The Dunlap Institute and the University of Toronto will be taking photographs and video of the eclipse viewing party and related activities for promotion and publicity purposes. By attending the event, it is understood that guests grant the right to reproduce, use, exhibit, display, broadcast, distribute (incl. via social media channels such as Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, etc.) and create derivative works of the photographs/audio/video of guests in attendance for such use.

This event is being organized by the Dunlap Institute for Astronomy & Astrophysics in partnership with the Department of Astronomy & Astrophysics and Science & Engineering Engagement.

Science & Engineering Engagement, U of T Department of Astronomy & Astrophysics, U of T


King's College Circle

September 27, 2015