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Last week, the popular public television series Star Gazers celebrated the airing of its 500th episode, highlighting our continued fascination with the wonders and mysteries of outer space.

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The Cincinnati Observatory Center was the first public observatory in the Western Hemisphere, and is known as “The Birthplace of American Astronomy.” Today Greater Cincinnati is home to three observatories.

Dean Regas, outreach astronomer from the Cincinnati Observatory, talks about the 150th anniversary of the publication of Jules Verne’s classic From the Earth to the Moon and some local book club events he’ll be taking part in to celebrate this occasion.

  Former NPR science correspondent, award-winning TV journalist and author Ira Flatow is the host of the the weekly radio show, Science Friday. Dean Regas, outreach astronomer and assistant director with the Cincinnati Observatory, is co-host of the popular PBS series, Star Gazers.

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The sun, earth and moon will align for the third time in less than a year next weekend.  In Cincinnati you can see a partial lunar eclipse on Saturday April 4 beginning at 6:15 a.m.

Co-Host of the PBS program, Star Gazers and Outreach Astronomer at the Cincinnati Observatory Dean Regas says:

  If you’'ve had enough of looking at the snow, ice and slush, then bundle-up and head outside and look up at the wonders taking place above us, or attend one of the programs offered by the Cincinnati Observatory.

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Early risers are in for a treat Wednesday morning. A total lunar eclipse begins at 5:15 am.  The Cincinnati Observatory's Dean Regas says that's when the shadow of the earth will being moving across the moon creating an orange tint that some refer to as a 'blood moon.'

The moon should be fully eclipsed by 6:30 am and will set around 7:30 am.

  Maybe we just weren'’t paying attention before, but it seems as if there’'s been a lot more celestial activity going on this year. Blood Moons, Super Moons, eclipses, meteor showers, planets in opposition...we’'ve even had a triple Jovian shadow transit. And if you don’'t know what that is, you'’re in luck.

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The Cincinnati Observatory, 'The Birthplace of American Astronomy' and home to the oldest professional telescope in the US, is always a wonderful destination for anyone, of any age, who is curious about science, astronomy and the world around them.

This summer, the observatory has several activities lined up to engage, entertain and enlighten those interested in the sun, the moon, Saturn - and other cosmic entities that make up our own solar system.

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