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Lunar eclipse tomorrow night

Published February 19, 2008 11:55 am
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Posted: 11:55 AM- A lunar eclipse can be seen Wednesday night, starting at 6:45 p.m. and going until 10 p.m. The moon will be totally eclipsed for nearly an hour, starting about 8 p.m.

The Salt Lake Astronomical Society will set up telescopes for viewing at the Stansbury Park Observatory Complex. Also, the University of Utah and Southern Utah University in Cedar City will open their observatories to the public for the eclipse.

Sky gazers looking at the eclipse from a light-polluted area likely will only see the moon become invisible while those at areas such as Stansbury Park could see the moon turn shades of copper, orange or blood red.

While the sky may be cloudy, Patrick Wiggins, NASA solar system ambassador to Utah, hopes for breaks in the clouds.

The last lunar eclipse visible from Utah was in August. The next one will be in 2010.

"They tend to come in spurts," Wiggins said. "Two in a single year is not unheard of but sometimes we have to wait a few years for the next one."

For more information, and directions to viewing spots, visit utahastro.info.





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