Monday, June 13, 2011

Weizmann Institute to Broadcast Total Lunar Eclipse, June 15, 2011

On Wednesday, June 15, the Weizmann Institute’s Clore Garden of Science will open at 7:00 p.m. (Israel time) for a viewing of an unusually long total lunar eclipse. The event will include telescope sightings, a lecture and educational activities, as well as a large-screen viewing of the eclipse transmitted from the Martin S. Kraar Observatory at the Institute.
The telescopic view of the eclipse will also be webcast live via the Internet later in the night:

A lunar eclipse occurs when the moon passes through the shadow of the Earth. Sunlight that will ring the Earth will cast light on the moon giving it a reddish glow.

This eclipse will not be visible in North America, and we can take pride in knowing that the Weizmann Institute joins a handful of observatories around the globe who will be broadcasting the event over the Internet, in the true spirit of bringing science to the people and encouraging global science literacy.

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