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From Indiana Department of Natural Resources

Pokagon SP hosts total lunar eclipse viewing, Dec. 21

Pokagon State Park Interpretive Services and the Astronomical Society of Hillsdale County Michigan will host a special viewing of the total lunar eclipse, Dec. 21.

The program will begin at 1 a.m. Dec. 21, at the park's CCC shelter. The moon will pass through the Earth's shadow beginning at 1:33 a.m. Participants will be able to look through a couple of scopes and view more objects as the sky darkens with no moon.

There will be general, naked-eye astronomy and sky interpretation of the stars and planets, which will be visible once the moon is darkened. Totality will begin at 2:41 a.m. The eclipse will continue until 5:01 a.m., but the program may not, depending how cold it is.

Participants are encouraged to dress warmly as the clear night will be cold and the program does not involve much moving around. Binoculars are recommended.

A fire in the shelter and hot water for drinks will help warm cold bones. The program is clear-sky dependent. In case of clouds or to inquire about program status, contact the Pokagon State Park Nature Center before 4 p.m. on Dec. 20, at (260) 833-2012, or the Potawatomi Inn front desk after 4 p.m. on Dec. 20, at (260) 833-1077.

The program is free and open to all. The entrance gate will not be staffed at the time of the program, so there is no entrance fee. For more information, call the park at (260) 833-2012.

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