Lunar Eclipse Viewing on tap

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The Astronomical Society of East Texas in conjunction with the
Mineola Nature Preserve, will host a Total Lunar Eclipse viewing
at the Nature Preserve on Jan. 20 – the last such event until May 26,
2021.
The moon will move into Earth’s shadow causing the moon to look
darker and eventually reddish (Blood Moon) before moving out of
the shadow. The eclipse begins at 8:36 pm , it will totally eclipse the
moon at 11:11pm and will be over at 1:48 a.m. Monday morning.
The moon will be at it’s closest to the Earth during eclipse, so it will
also be a Super Moon.
Try to arrive by 8 p.m. so viewing will not be interrupted by car
lights. Please park on the West side parking because viewers will be
in the east parking area. This is a weather impacted event. The event
will be cancelled if it rains. And if you are familiar with the Preserve,
the coyotes will be probably be howling at the eclipse!
For more information, see the Society website: www.asetexas.org
or our Facebook page or text to 903-520-7338.
Also – live views of the night sky will be presented in the Center
for Earth & Space Science Education planetarium dome at at TJC at
9, 9:30 and 10 p.m.
Guides will also be on hand to help guests view the eclipse through
telescopes in the science center courtyard. Telescope viewing will be
available from 9 to 11 p.m.
The event marks a number of astronomical firsts for the year. It
will be the first full moon and first lunar eclipse of 2019.

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