If Mother Nature cooperates, a total lunar eclipse should make for an interesting night of sky watching at Western Nevada College's Jack C. Davis observatory on Wednesday, Feb. 20.
The earth's shadow will fall across the moon from 7 to 7:52 p.m. and the public is invited to see the eclipse from multiple telescopes at the Jack C. Davis Observatory. Weather forecasts for Wednesday call for mostly cloudy weather, but if the eclipse is visible to the naked eye, it can be seen in dramatic detail through telescopes at the observatory, Director and Physics Professor Robert Collier said today. Volunteers from the Western Nevada Astronomical Society will be on hand to answer questions and provide information.
Stargazers who miss this event will have to wait some time for their next chance. North Americans won't be able to see another total lunar eclipse until December 20, 2010.
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