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Observatory to host lunar eclipse viewing

Keystone College’s Thomas G. Cupillari ’60 Astronomical Observatory will be open for a viewing of a total lunar eclipse on the night of Sunday, January 20 and the early morning of Monday, January 21. The event is free of charge and no reservations are required.

The Observatory will open to the public at 9:30 p.m. on January 20. On that date, the full moon will dim as it passes the dark central part of the Earth’s shadow, the umbra, during a total lunar eclipse. A partial umbral eclipse starts at 10:33 p.m. and the total eclipse begins at 11:41 p.m. and ends at 12:43 a.m. on January 21. The post-total partial eclipse ends at 1:50 a.m. The eclipse will be visible on at least a partial basis in more than half of the world but will be fully visible throughout Northeastern Pennsylvania.

The Thomas G. Cupillari ’60 Astronomical Observatory is located on Route 107, approximately two miles west of Interstate 81, exit 202, and approximately two miles east of Fleetville. For more information, visit www.keystone.edu/observatory or call Jo-Ann Kamichitis (570) 945-8402.