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Lunar Eclipse Wednesday

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Total Lunar Eclipse Wednesday Night, Oct. 27

Dr. Roger Sauterer photographed this May, 2003 lunar eclipse, shown here as a reminder to watch Wednesday night's total eclipse, which begins at 7:06 p.m. CDT when the moon enters the first, faint part of the earth's shadow. The moon enters the darker shadow at 8:14 p.m. Totality begins at 9:23 p.m. and lasts until 10:45 p.m. The dark phase of the eclipse ends at 11:54 p.m., and the event is over at 1:03 a.m. Hawaii will be the only state to not see a total eclipse. Happening soon after sunset, the timing of this lunar eclipse should give everyone a good opportunity for viewing. During totality the darkened moon will appear to have a variety of shades of red and oranges on its darkened lunar surface. Earth's atmosphere bends some of the sunlight into the moon's shadow. The eclipse will last 3 hours 40 minutes. Binoculars and telescopes can enhance the view but they are not necessary. The next total eclipse of the moon will occur in 2007.

Lunar Eclipse Viewing & Planetarium Space Show
(Real views - not simulated)

Join JSU astronomers Dr. Laura Weinkauf and Dr. Kelly Gregg on the roof of Martin Hall to view the lunar eclipse through a giant telescope. During the phasing, planetarium shows will be offered on the half hour to answer the question: "Besides the moon, what else is up in the sky tonight?"

* Date of Event : 10/27/04
* Time of Event : 8:00 PM
* Location of Event : JSU Planetarium (3rd Floor Martin Hall)
* Admission Charge : JSU Faculty, Staff & Students - $3.00; Adults - $5; Children under 12 - $2.50 For more information contact Renee Morrison, LRCFS, at 782-5697 or

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