Join Huston-Brumbaugh Nature Center for Lunar Eclipse

June 01, 2010

Join the party at the John T. Huston - Dr. John D. Brumbaugh Nature Center to experience something amazing in the night sky - a lunar eclipse. Come and celebrate this occasion at the Nature Center on Saturday, November 8 from 7 - 9 p.m.


The party will be held on the newly purchased 32-acre addition to the Center and is open to the public. Registration is required.

"This day is designed to help people find a sense of place and what's going on in the natural world in the place where they live," said Patty Rickard, Nature Center naturalist.

Rickard and Matthew Ferrel, a Mount Union College senior from Massillon, will be on hand to talk to people about why eclipses happen. Ferrel, a geology major with an astronomy and physics minor, has been a volunteer at the nature center for a few years.

"A total lunar eclipse happens fairly often," said Rickard, "but they're not always convenient." The November 8 eclipse will be "total" at 8:06 p.m. and will be looking best at 8:19 p.m. The eclipse will end at 8:31 p.m.

"Looking at a night sky makes other problems diminish," said Rickard. "There's a big benefit in knowing your place in the world; it gives you perspective and calms you down."

Last May, the Nature Center tried to hold events for a lunar eclipse, but the weather didn't agree with plans. The night sky was too cloudy to see the lunar eclipse, putting a damper in the plans.

"Usually the moonlight doesn't make an eclipse disappear, " said Rickard, " but it depends on the color of the atmosphere. They're sometimes reddish looking and can appear darker if there's a lot of volcanic dust."

The Nature Center is located 6 miles south of Mount Union College on Daniel Street, off of Route 183. Turn left onto Daniel Street and follow the signs to the center. Parking will be in the first parking lot on the right. Bring flashlights to follow the blacktop path from the parking lot to the Visitor's Center. Close-toed shoes are suggested. Refreshments will follow the viewing. If weather does not permit visibility, all are still welcome to come and enjoy refreshments and discussions.

For more information, call the Nature Center at (330) 823-7487 or email Rickard at

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