Western Carolina University will host a lunar eclipse viewing event outside at the Jackson County Airport from 1:30 to 4:30 a.m. on Tuesday, April 15.
Astronomy faculty from WCU will set up telescopes for viewing the eclipse, which will end at 4:30 a.m., and other astronomical objects including the planet Mars.
Lunar eclipses occur when the moon, Earth and the sun are aligned so that the shadow of the Earth is cast on the moon. The April lunar eclipse is a total eclipse, which means that the moon will be completely covered by the Earth’s shadow. Unlike total solar eclipses, when the moon comes in between the Earth and the sun, lunar eclipses can be viewed safely with the naked eye.