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Danbury's WCSU Opens Observatory For Lunar Eclipse

The Sept. 27th lunar eclipse of the Harvest Moon could provide interested viewers with a rare sight.
The Sept. 27th lunar eclipse of the Harvest Moon could provide interested viewers with a rare sight. Photo Credit: File

DANBURY, Conn. -- The Western Connecticut State University Westside Observatory will hold a special public viewing of the total lunar eclipse of the full Harvest Moon from 9 p.m. to midnight on Sunday, Sept. 27, on the university’s Westside campus.

The event will provide an opportunity for telescope viewing of the moon’s entire passage through the inner, darker umbral shadow of the Earth to reach total eclipse, from its beginning at 10:11 p.m. to its conclusion at 11:23 p.m. The eclipse will reach its peak at 10:47 p.m.

The Westside Observatory, located atop a hill on Western's Westside campus at , 43 Lake Ave., offers viewings through a 20-inch, computer-controlled reflector telescope.

Admission to the three-hour event is free. Limited parking is available adjacent to the observatory, with additional parking available on University Boulevard.

The full duration of the lunar eclipse, including the visible dimming of the full moon’s brightness during the initial and closing passages through the Earth’s weak outer shadow, will extend from 8:12 p.m. on Sept. 27 to 1:22 a.m. on Sept. 28.

Dr. Dennis Dawson, Professor of Astronomy, at the college said this eclipse will be all the more impressive because it will occur as the moon reaches its closest distance to the Earth.

This phenomenon will produce a rare “Super Moon” eclipse, which last occurred in 1982 and will not occur again until 2033. The lunar eclipse also will coincide with the Harvest Moon, the first full moon to take place after the autumn equinox.

For more information, contact the Office of University Relations at (203) 837-8486 or visit http://www.wcsu.edu/graduate/eps/obsws.asp .

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