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FMU Observatory to offer view of Lunar Eclipse, Oct. 27

    FLORENCE, S.C. – The Francis Marion University observatory will hold a public viewing session Wednesday, Oct. 27, that will offer visitors a chance to see a lunar eclipse.

    The observatory will be open from 7:30 until 11 p.m., and the session is open to the public free of charge.

    The lunar eclipse will begin at 8:15 p.m. and continue through 2 a.m.  During this event, the moon will take on a blood red color that will be most noticeable after 10 p.m.

    The loosely structured FMU viewing programs allow visitors to come and go as they please.  If weather conditions block viewing, this 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

Last Published: October 28, 2004 9:55 AM
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