Jack C. Davis Observatory

Total Lunar Eclipse Tonight - 4/14/14

The Jack C. Davis Observatory invites the public to watch the total eclipse of the Moon on Monday evening, April 14, beginning at 10:58 p.m. This special event can be seen with the naked eye only, but if you would like to watch it up close with a telescope and ask questions as the eclipse develops you are cordially invited to join us at the observatory. The eclipse will be in totality, or completely enveloped in Earth's shadow, at 12:07 a.m. The eclipse will end at 3:10 a.m.

Planet Mars is very near Earth after passing through its opposition position on April 8th of Mars occurs every 26 months when the Earth is exactly between the Sun and Mars. This opposition position places Earth in closest proximity to Mars and is ideal for viewing the "Red Planet."

Doors will open at 8:30 p.m. and stay open through the eclipse. Remember to dress appropriately as it gets cool in the evenings. The directions to the Davis Observatory can be found on the Western Nevada Astronomical Society web site, http://www.wnas-astronomy.org/.

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