The night sky over Hotel Rangá is always a spectacular sight. Far away from light pollution and equipped with a state of the art observatory, the hotel is the perfect place to take in the view of the world, stargaze or catch the aurora. However, this Monday January 21st, promises a very special event above; If skies are clear, guests at Hotel Rangá will be treated to “a gorgeous total lunar eclipse,” according to our resident astronomer Sævar Helgi Bragason.
Sævar, who became a national celebrity during the solar eclipse in 2015, is often referred to as Star-Sævar by the media, due to his heavenly expertise. He recently launched Aurora Forecast : an online guide for northern light hunters, and has seen quite a few eclipses in his day.
“Sometimes called blood moon in popular culture, a total lunar eclipse is a beautiful sight,” Sævar says.
“The eclipse will occur on the second nearest full Moon of the year. When the full Moon is the closest to Earth, it is sometimes referred to as a “supermoon“ although visually there’s virtually no difference between a supermoon and an average full Moon.”
The partial phase of the eclipse starts at 3:34 AM. The Moon will be totally eclipse between 4:41 AM and 5.43 AM and then partial phase starts again, ending at 6:51 AM.
“If the sky is clear, guests can enjoy the spectacle just by looking up,” Sævar says. “There’s no need to use binoculars or telescopes to enjoy the show.”
Guests of Hotel Rangá can request a wake up call, to be sure not to miss the eclipse. We strongly recommend warm clothing – gloves, warm socks and waterproof shoes, hats or beanies, scarves and so on – as we are now in freezing temperatures and snowfall is expected. We also provide snowsuits for all our guests, feel free to grab one in our lobby.