FMU Observatory to Hold Lunar Eclipse Viewing Session on Nov. 8
FLORENCE, S.C. – The Francis Marion University observatory will hold a public viewing of a lunar eclipse on Saturday, Nov. 8, from 5:30 to 10:30 p.m.
The eclipse will start about 6:30 p.m. and run through 10 p.m. Totality should occur around 8 p.m.
The eclipse will be visible from anywhere you can see the moon. During this event, the moon will take on an orange-red glow as it passes through then shadow of the Earth.
Additional discussion about the eclipse will occur during the Nov. 9 Dooley Planetarium public show at 3 p.m.
This observatory session is open to the public free of charge.
This loosely structured viewing program allows visitors to come and go as they please. If weather conditions block viewing, the session will be canceled. The public may call 843-661-1355 for recorded information about the prospect of a clear sky to allow the event to be held.
The FMU observatory is located beyond the outfield fence of the FMU Softball Field, south of the Smith University Center. Visitors can park in Lot D at the southern end of the campus and follow the walkway to the observatory.
Persons requiring special assistance to visit the observatory, or seeking more information, may call 843-661-1441. The observatory webpage is http://astro.fmarion.edu/observe/