The moon turns red during a total lunar eclipse seen in Nairobio, Kenya, June 15, 2011. (AP Photo/Sayyid Azim)
NORTH LAS VEGAS, NV (FOX5) -
If the sky is clear, southern Nevada sky-gazers are in for a real treat this coming Monday night.
A total lunar eclipse will be viewable in the Las Vegas Valley. The College of Southern Nevada's planetarium, located at 3200 E. Cheyenne Ave. in North Las Vegas, will be open to the public late Monday night, offering a magnificent view for free.
The college said that although lunar eclipses are common, they are typically only widely visible from varying locations. Monday's eclipse will be the first of four which will be visible over the next year.
"The eclipse will be easily visible from any location in the Valley, but viewing it through a telescope adds an additional experience," said planetarium director Dr. Dale Etheridge.
The planetarium will open its doors at 10 p.m., about an hour before the moon will begin to enter the darkest part of the earth's shadow. The beginning of the total eclipse will occur at 12:06 a.m. and end at 1:25 a.m.
"We will also have telescopes viewing the planets Mars, Jupiter and Saturn," Etheridge said.
Guests will also be treated to a brief lecture on eclipses by CSN astronomy professor David Goldwater and the planetarium's feature presentation, Back to the Moon for Good.
The next three lunar eclipses will occur on Oct. 14, April 4, 2015 and Sept. 28, 2015.
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