December 20, 2010

Observatory to Host Free Lunar Eclipse Viewing

Sky watchers on the North American continent will have a magnificent view of a total lunar eclipse on the evening of Monday, Dec. 20 and the morning of Tuesday, Dec. 21. The Earth will cast its shadow and totally engulf the Moon from 11:41 p.m. to 12:53 a.m. PST.

Western Nevada College invites the public to a free viewing of the eclipse at the Jack C. Davis Observatory on Dec. 20, beginning at 9 p.m. The dimming of the Moon begins at 9:27 p.m. and a subtle red glow will develop as the shadow of the Earth on the Moon gets darker. The lunar eclipse will be easily viewed with the naked eye, and volunteer members of the Western Nevada Astronomical Society (WNAS) will be available to answer any questions about the eclipse.

Attendees should be prepared for possible cold conditions and wear appropriate warm clothes. The Davis Observatory is located on the hill above the college at 2699 Van Patten Drive, Carson City.

Press Release: December 16, 2010

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