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Star gaze at red planet this month

POSTED: April 3, 2014 1:00 a.m.

As Mars begins to appear in the evening April sky, Coleman Planetarium will open its doors to see the red planet at its closest distance to the Earth.

The University of North Georgia Spring Planetarium Show “Red Baron attacks the Bloody Moon: Mars and the Lunar Eclipse Tetrad” will be at 8 p.m. Fridays April 4 through June 27 on the college’s Dahlonega campus.

Then at 3:42 a.m. Tuesday, April 15, the first total lunar eclipse since 2011 will happen. It will be the first of a rare grouping of four consecutive lunar eclipses.

The free show at 7:30 p.m. will feature Jupiter and Saturn and the spring and winter constellations. If the sky is clear, the observatory will be open following the show for telescope viewing.

The planetarium is in room 234 of the Health and Natural Sciences Building, one block west of the main campus on Sunset Drive.

For more information, email jjones@ung.edu.


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