A lunar eclipse can be a great reason to throw a party for friends and family. An eclipse is a wonder to behold for even the least scientific-minded people. Depending on the season and your location, the kind of party you throw will vary. You might be able to host a garden party and observe the eclipse outside; in winter, you could host an indoor party. Consult NASA's Eclipse Web Site (http://eclipse.gsfc.nasa.gov/eclipse.html) for a schedule of lunar eclipses.
Items you will need
- Food and beverages
- Disposable cameras, if desired
- Space-themed films, if desired
Find out when the next lunar eclipse will occur and mark the date on your calendar.
Send invitations to friends and family inviting them to your party about a month before the eclipse. You can customize your invitations to suit the occasion by ordering stationery that features the moon or by creating your own. Be sure to let your guests know the date, time and location of the party. Include additional details depending on the kind of party you are hosting. For instance, you could request that guests dress in all black, or that they wear pajamas if the eclipse is late at night and you want it to be a slumber party. If you're hosting a sleeping, ask guests to bring sleeping bags.
Plan the refreshments you will serve. Consider ordering astronaut food from the Kennedy Space Center such as "Moon Soup" or freeze-dried ice cream. For less elaborate alternatives, consider giving traditional party foods lunar names, such as "stuffed moon mushroom caps" or "banana cream moon pie."
Plan party activities. You could develop and play space-themed trivia games with your guests or watch space-themed films such as "Moon" (2009), "2001: A Space Odyssey" (1968), "Alien" (1979), "Wall-E" (2008) or "The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy" (2005).
Decorate your party space. Consider using white and black balloons to reflect the lunar eclipse; decorations featuring stars, planets or even aliens would also complement the theme.
Buy or borrow a telescope so guests can take turns observing the stages of the eclipse. Create or purchase a chart of what a lunar eclipse looks like and place it near the telescope.
Offer disposable cameras as party favors so that guests can document the eclipse and keep the photos as souvenirs.
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