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Star party set Saturday at TJC science center

Published Tuesday, 8th April 2014

It could be a brighter-than-usual star party on Saturday at the Center for Earth & Space Science Education at TJC.

Mars will be in its closest proximity to the earth since 2007, and the moon is gearing up for a total eclipse on the night of April 14-15.

The star party will begin 8 p.m. Saturday at the TJC science center located at 1411 E. Lake St., on the TJC main campus.

Admission is free, and the public is invited to attend.

The night sky will be shown inside the center’s dome theater; and, weather permitting, the Astronomical Society of East Texas will have telescopes set up outside for close-up star viewing.

“Mars will be near conjunction and will appear very bright,” said Dr. Tom Hooten, TJC science center director and professor of physics and engineering.

The eclipse is the first of a lunar tetrad – four lunar eclipses – set to occur in 2014 and 2015. A tetrad is a succession of four total lunar eclipses, with no partial lunar eclipses in between, each of which is separated from the other by six lunar months or full moons. The remaining three eclipses will be on Oct. 8, 2014; April 4, 2015; and Sept. 28, 2015.

For more information on TJC science center events, go to tjc.edu/cesse or facebook.com/TJCCenterforEarthandSpaceScience.

Author: Elise Mullinix 

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