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OCC Invites Public to View Lunar Eclipse
Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Astronomy buffs are invited to visit the Orange College Campus on campus on Monday, April 14, to view the lunar eclipse. OCC’s Astronomy Club will set up telescopes for public viewing next to the campus Planetarium from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 a.m. Tuesday, April 15. Admission is free.

Free parking will be provided in Lot E, located on Merrimac Way between Fairview Road and Harbor Boulevard in Costa Mesa.

During a lunar eclipse, the Earth sits between the sun and the moon, blocking sunlight from reaching the usually radiant full moon. Expected to be visible across the entire United States, the upcoming eclipse is the first of four total eclipses expected to occur over the next 18 months at two-month intervals on October 8, April 4, 2015, and September 28, 2015.

For more information about the event, contact OCC astronomy professor Nick Contopoulos at

What: OCC Lunar Eclipse Viewing

When: Monday-Tuesday, April 14-15
9:00 p.m. to 1:00 a.m.

Where: Orange Coast College Planetarium
2701 Fairview Road, Costa Mesa

Admission: Free and open to the public

Parking: Free parking in Parking Lot E on Merrimac Way, between Fairview Road & Harbor Blvd., Costa Mesa

Contact: Juan Gutierrez, OCC Communications & Marketing

Nick Contoupoulos, OCC Astronomy Professor

Orange Coast College, founded in 1947, is one of the nation's top transfer schools. With a student population of 22,000, OCC provides exemplary programs leading to Associate degrees and 145 career programs. The college's 164-acre campus is located in the heart of Costa Mesa.