Total lunar eclipse Wednesday
Photo courtesy Nasa.gov
By Maya Strausberg
February 19, 2008
Numerous Bay Area groups will offer the public a unique view
of Wednesday's total lunar eclipse when the moon passes into the
Berkeley's Lawrence Hall of Science will have telescopes in the
plaza and amateur astronomers on hand to answer any questions
from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.
The Lawrence Hall of Science is located on Centennial Drive below
Grizzly Peak. For more information on the free event, call (510)
642-5132 or go to http://www.lawrencehallofscience.org.
The Livermore Area Recreation and Park District invites people
to take a peak at the eclipse through telescopes that will be
set up at Sycamore Grove Park between 7 and 9 p.m.
The fee for the evening is $5 and there will be warm drinks available
when it gets cold.
Anyone under 18 must be accompanied by a parent. Registration
is required by calling (925) 373-5705 or going to http://www.larpd.dst.ca.us.
Arc Ecology North Bay is holding an event called Moon Over Mare
Island, which will take people to the Mare Island Shoreline Heritage
Preserve to view the eclipse from a hilltop vantage point from
6:30 to 9 p.m. with Rick Meleski and Arc Ecology's Volunteer North
Bay Projects Manager Myrna Hayes.
Anyone interested in the free event can meet at the preserve
entrance at 6:30 p.m. to carpool to the top of the hill. For more
information, call Hayes at (707) 249-9633.
Oakland's Chabot Space and Science Center will host an eclipse
party from 5 to 8 p.m. that will include hands-on activities,
live planetarium shows, an eclipse hike and viewing from the observatory
Advance reservations are required and tickets can be purchased
by calling the Chabot box office at (510) 336-7373. Adult tickets
are $10; youth, seniors and students pay $8 and members pay $5.
The eclipse will begin at 7:01 p.m. and the moon will reappear
in the sky at 7:51 p.m. The next total lunar eclipse will be in
December of 2010.
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