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UNO planetarium will have smartphone-adapted telescopes for Sunday’s lunar eclipse

January 18, 2019

Even if the skies in Omaha are cloudy during Sunday’s lunar eclipse, there’s a way to get a crystal-clear view of the night sky.

The University of Nebraska at Omaha’s planetarium is hosting a viewing party for the eclipse on Sunday from 8:30 p.m. to midnight with indoor and outdoor viewing.

The partial eclipse phase begins at 9:34 p.m., the total eclipse phase starts at 10:41 p.m., and maximum eclipse will be reached at 11:12 p.m.

If the skies are clear, people can view the eclipse, also known as the “blood moon,” from the observatory or parking lot.

The planetarium will provide binoculars and telescopes mounted with smartphone adapters for clear photographs.

If the skies are cloudy or you’re just feeling chilly, the planetarium will broadcast a live feed of the eclipse indoors.

The UNO planetarium is in Room 135 on the first floor of the Durham Science Center on UNO’s campus, directly south of First Christian Church on Dodge Street. Visitors are encouraged to park in the lot northwest of the Science Center.

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