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EAC to offer lecture on upcoming lunar event at its Discovery Park Campus

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EAC to offer lecture on upcoming lunar event at its Discovery Park Campus

By Tamara Gerleve

THATCHER, AZ—In anticipation of the upcoming total lunar eclipse, EAC’s Discovery Park Campus will host a free special program on February 15, 2008 at 6:30 p.m. in the Jupiter Room. The Desert Sky Gazers amateur astronomy club will meet at the campus (as it always does on the third Friday of the month) and Dean Harry Swanson has been invited to deliver a cultural presentation on Earth’s only natural satellite.

Swanson will discuss some of the intellectual history of lunar eclipses and describe how to recognize many features seen in the moon by a multitude of cultures through time including: the man, woman, toad, rabbit, crab, and cow. He will show pictures of several ancient Southwest lunar tracking features, including Chimney Rock, Fajada Butte, Parowan Gap, and Crack-In-Rock.

The public is invited to attend the Desert Sky Gazers meeting and enjoy this timely presentation which hopes to spark many amateur astronomers to step outside on February 20 to see Earth’s shadow move across the surface of the full moon. “This free event is perfectly suitable for an audience of all ages,” said Swanson. “Won’t you come learn some of the mythological stories about the moon?”

For more information about this upcoming lecture or the Discovery Park Campus, contact Swanson at 428-6260.