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Sirius Lookers host public star party for total lunar eclipse

A rare total lunar eclipse like this one is in the making the night of Dec. 20-21, and the Sirius Lookers Astro Cllub is hosting a star party for everyone at the Sedona Public Library.  Images courtesy NASA

A rare total lunar eclipse like this one is in the making the night of Dec. 20-21, and the Sirius Lookers Astro Cllub is hosting a star party for everyone at the Sedona Public Library. Images courtesy NASA

The Sirius Lookers Astro Club and Sedona Public Library will again sponsor a public star party in their parking lot on the night of Dec. 20 for beginning of a rare Total Lunar Eclipse.

The celestial event is over a two-hour period that runs into the early morning hours of Dec. 21.

Official time of partial eclipse starts at 11:33 p.m. (Dec. 20 local time) and totality starts at 12:41 a.m. (Dec. 21). Mid-eclipse is at 1:17 a.m. and totality ends at 1:53 a.m.

Sirius Lookers will be on hand for the main part of the event with their telescopes and nice array of astronomical binoculars for the public to look through.

Unlike a solar eclipse this event is completely safe to look at whether to the unaided eye or instrument. Next main eclipse for North America is not until 2015. 

The event is free and all are welcome. Please have young adults accompanied by parent or guardian.

For more info contact www.siriuslookers.org or Dennis (928) 821-3520 or 282-7501.

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