Rowan to Host Lunar Eclipse Viewing Party

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Officials with a South Jersey university are giving members of the community the opportunity to experience something out of this world.

On Sunday, January 20th into Monday, January 21st, officials with the Rowan University Edelman Planetarium will host a lunar eclipse viewing party.

Lunar eclipses occur when the Earth's shadow blocks the sun's light, which otherwise reflects off the moon.

Guests will have the chance to see the moon slip into Earth's shadow, turning an eerie, deep red color as it progresses into a total lunar eclipse.

Officials say the event serves as a great way to get the community excited about science.

"Anybody is welcome to come and take a look at our nearest neighbor and just be ... connected to the entire universe," said Amy Barraclough, director, Rowan University Edelman Planetarium. "Sometimes we tend to be connected to only our own little local universe, so it's nice to be reminded of everything else that's going on around us."

Attendees for the viewing party will be able to observe the lunar eclipse through telescopes on the grounds around Science Hall.

There will also be planetarium shows featuring live tours of the night sky.

The fun kicks off at 9:30 p.m.

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