Eclipse can be viewed from Marsland Hill

Last updated 08:11 08/04/2014
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Mark Round
A lunar eclipse

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A particularly spectacular total lunar eclipse will take place on April 15, and can be viewed from the observatory on Marsland Hill in New Plymouth.

New Plymouth Astronomy Society president Nick Gladstone said the observatory would waive its normal entry fee for the evening and just charge a gold coin donation.

There would be extra telescopes available for people to watch the eclipse.

Total lunar eclipses occur when the Moon passes directly behind the Earth into its shadow as the Moon, planet and Sun align.

Gladstone said they happened about once or twice a year. At this time Mars would be very close to Earth too, he said.

"It will be quite near the Moon and should be quite spectacular." When the Moon was completely in the Earth's shadow it would be a dull bloody red colour.

The observatory will be open from 7pm and the eclipse period will begin at about 7.10pm and go for just over an hour.

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