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May 15 Lunar Eclipse Public Viewing

Northwestern students and Evanston residents gathered atop the South Campus Parking Garage Sunday May 15th, 2022 to view the total lunar eclipse of the May full moon, also known as the flower moon.

The Dearborn Observatory and NU’s Center for Interdisciplinary Exploration and Research in Astrophysics organized the free public viewing, providing community members the opportunity to view the rare event.

Several months of planning and coordination went into preparing for the event, according to astronomy and physics Prof. Michael Smutko, who currently serves as the director of the Dearborn Observatory. He said while clouds obstructed the moon for some of the event, he was happy to host it.

“This is the first time in a few years that we’ve had a total lunar eclipse visible from Chicago,” Smutko said. “These are just really nice events that, every year or two, you can really get a sense of the connection between the heavens and what life is down here on Earth.”

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Thank you to everyone who volunteered at the event!

Yuxin Dong

Elena Gonzalez

Miguel Martinez

Imran Sultan

Alex Gurvich

Meng Sun

Michael Smutko

James Schottelkotte

Cobi Rabinowitz,

and Dearborn hosts Sydney, Jay, Alex, Ethan, Joe, Anastasia, Ben, and Katie



By Lalla-Aicha Adouim