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lunar eclipse

An eclipse is about to take place over Gage County again.

And while Wednesday’s lunar eclipse likely won’t have the tourism impact of the total solar eclipse last August, Homestead National Monument of America is once again hosting an eclipse-themed event that visitors can experience.

“It’s fun watching people just explore the skies using the park as place to view them,” said Homestead park ranger Susan Cook. “We will have a viewing site set up and volunteers will be set up to escort people back and forth to make sure people are safe and having a good time. It’s another unique way people can use the park and another one of nature’s spectacles for us to enjoy.”

On Tuesday, Homestead's Heritage Center will remain open until 7 p.m. On Wednesday, the facility will open early at 5 a.m. All viewing events are being held at the Heritage Center building.

Cook added the event is a rare occurrence when three different lunar events will be visible from Homestead.

A super moon and a blue moon will also be visible as the moon appears larger and brighter. As the second full moon of the month, Cook said the moon will also appear red.

Park officials are asking visitors to dress appropriately and bring a blanket for the event.

The moon will enter the penumbral shadow of the earth at 5:48 a.m. on Wednesday and totality will begin at 6:52 a.m. The moon may set during the time it is in totality.

Reach Scott Koperski at scott.koperski@beatricedailysun.com. Follow him on Twitter @ScottKoperski.

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