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On the evening of October 27, 2004, there will be a total lunar eclipse that can be viewed across much of the United States. Be sure to catch this amazing celestial event the next total eclipse visible from North America won't occur until March 2007!

Join us at the Lunar and Planetary Institute

for an evening of hands-on children's activities

See a Moon rock

Explore the causes of eclipses

View the eclipse through the telescopes of the JSC Astronomical Society

7:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m., Wednesday, October 27, 2004

A map of the region and the LPI location is available for download.


dragon In ancient China, people believed that eclipses occurred when a dragon swallowed the Moon. They beat on mirrors to make the dragon release the Moon and return it to the sky.