Edelman Planetarium Offers Eclipse Viewing

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The Edelman Planetarium at Rowan University, Glassboro, will provide viewing of the total lunar eclipse on Wednesday, October 27, at Rowan's rooftop observatory.

Telescopes and binoculars will be s

The Edelman Planetarium at Rowan University, Glassboro, will provide viewing of the total lunar eclipse on Wednesday, October 27, at Rowan's rooftop observatory.

Telescopes and binoculars will be set up on the roof of the Science Hall starting at 9 p.m. to help visitors observe details of the event. Planetarium director Keith Johnson will give a multimedia presentation explaining the eclipse at 8 p.m. in the star theater for those who wish to learn about eclipses. There is no charge for either activity.

The schedule for October 27 is:

8:00 p.m. Planetarium program

9:00 p.m. Science Hall roof open

9:14 p.m. Moon begins to enter dark (umbral) shadow

10:23 p.m. Beginning of total eclipse

11:45 p.m. End of total eclipse

12:54 a.m. (Oct. 28) Moon leaves dark shadow altogether

A lunar eclipse occurs when the full moon enters the shadow of the earth and becomes much darker than usual. Unlike a solar eclipse, which requires special precautions to avoid eye damage, an eclipse of the moon is safe to watch, according to Johnson. The eclipse can be see with the naked eye, but small telescopes and binoculars provide more details of the lunar surface as the earth's shadow slowly sweeps across it.

The planetarium is located on the ground floor of the north side of Science Hall, on the north side of Route 322 adjacent to Bosshart Hall (look for the observatory dome on top of that building). An elevator to the roof is located in the southwest corner of the building near room 126.

For more information: contact Keith Johnson, Edelman Planetarium, at (856) 256-4389 or johnsonk@rowan.edu.
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