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Lunar Eclipse

posted Dec 15, 2010, 6:07 PM by Kent Riggins   [ updated Dec 15, 2010, 6:08 PM ]
Information on the lunar eclipse next week for our Troop is as follows:
The University of MD Observatory will have an open house Monday night/Tuesday morning to include a talk at 8:00 by Dr. Elizabeth Warner, a staff member of the UMD Department of Astronomy Monday night, followed by observing the eclipse early Tue. morning.  We are expected.  Plan is to leave the Church Mon. pm 7:00 to drive to the observatory.  Arrive at the Church 6:45 pm.  Class A.  My recommendation/preference is to drive as a group because the observatory is difficult to find.  See 
Please do the following:
1.   Notify me of your participation and that of your Scout(s)/siblings and provide a cell phone for last minute developments, to include cancellation due to overcast skys.  You may wish to transport individuals home Monday night after the 8:00 lecture and miss the eclipse.  Note that the lecture and a short viewing session is worth attending in and of itself.
2.   Familiarize yourself with the event's web site for directions and schedule.  Plan on ~ 1:00 - 4:00 am Tue 2/21/10 to view the eclipse, which includes totally at 3:17.
3.   Make plans if you desire for an HCPSS excused absence for your Scout for Wed. if you so desire.
4.   Learn the basics of the circumstances under which a lunar eclipse happens [discussed briefly Thursday evening at the Troop meeting.]
Mr. Bernstein