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PRESTONSBURG – The East Kentucky Science Center and Planetarium, in conjunction with the Big Sandy Community and Technical College Physics/Astronomy Instructor Garrison Turner, will host a Lunar Eclipse Observing from 1:30 a.m. to 5:30 a.m., Tuesday, April 15.

Located on the Prestonsburg campus of BSCTC, the Science Center will have telescopes set up for observation and have short programs about the night sky and eclipses in the planetarium. An added attraction will be the planet Mars sitting next to the moon during the eclipse.

The eclipse of the moon can only take place during a full moon, and if the moon passes through some portion of the earth’s shadow. The shadow is actually composed of two cone-shaped parts, one nested inside the other. The outer shadow, or penumbra, is a zone where Earth blocks some (but not all) of the sun’s rays. In contrast, the inner shadow or umbra is a region where Earth blocks all direct sunlight from reaching the moon.

The event is free and weather permitting. For more information, contact Steve Russo at (606) 889-4809 or email srusso0002@kctcs.edu.

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