The Enid News and Eagle, Enid, OK

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March 29, 2014

Total eclipse of the moon is scheduled for April 15

ENID, Okla. — Phases of the moon for April are:

• April 7: First quarter.

• April 15: Full moon (Egg Moon, Grass Moon, Easter Moon, Paschal Moon).

• April 22: Last quarter.

• April 39: New moon.

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There will be a total eclipse of the moon April 15.

The moon begins to enter Earth’s shadow just after midnight. Totality is at 2:46 a.m. The moon leaves Earth’s shadow at 4:33 a.m.

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Northern Oklahoma College Mackie Planetarium is open to the public at 7:30 p.m. the first Thursday of the month.

Admission is free, but a donation of a canned good or nonperishable food item for Horn of Plenty is appreciated.

The program Thursday is “Baxter Black, Cowboy Astronomer,” a good program for the whole family.

We also will study some of the constellations in the spring night sky over Enid.

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Every Thursday evening, weather permitting, the observatory will be open to the public.

Sessions start at 8:30 p.m.

Large groups of 15 or more planning to visit the observatory or planetarium should call 548-2399 to schedule an appointment.

Killam is resident astronomer and astronomical league coordinator for Leonardo’s Star Quest Astronomy Club and director of the NOC observatory.

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