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Lunar eclipse to be watched at CU's Observatory and Planetarium

8:34 PM, Dec 20, 2010   |    comments
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If the clouds break, the best place to see the eclipse may be the Sommers-Bausch Observatory on the University of Colorado Campus.

They plan to use their big telescope to see the first total lunar eclipse since 2004. The next time that the earth, moon and sun will align like this during the winter solstice will be 2094.

Astronomers at CU say the full eclipse will be around 12:45 a.m. until 1:53 a.m. Tuesday.

"You'll get to talk to professional and amateur astronomers alike, and just have a great time. And again, if it's cloudy, we'll still have some fun and we'll pipe in some images from around the country, and you'll still get to experience the eclipse," Matt Benjamin, with the Fiske Planetarium said.

Monday night's event on the University of Colorado's Campus Observatory and Planetarium starts at 11:00 p.m. and lasts until 2 a.m.

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