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KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — A public viewing of the last total lunar eclipse of this century will be held Thursday night on the roof of the University of Tennessee-Knoxville’s Alvin H. Neilsen Physics Building.

The viewing begins at 7:30 p.m. and is sponsored by the physics and astronomy department.

Paul Lewis, who conducts UT-Knoxville’s astronomy outreach program, said the moon will be blacked out by the Earth’s shadow at 10:19 p.m. for an hour and 10 minutes.

“This should be a very exciting eclipse to watch as the moon will be high in the sky during (total darkness),” Lewis said. “An added feature will be the view of Saturn, which is located near the moon during the eclipse.”

Lewis said there will not be another lunar eclipse until Jan. 20, 2000.

Contact: Paul Lewis (423-974-7815)