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By Lou Marzeles

Eclipses, rare transit are events to observe


Lou Marzeles

A VIEW TOWARD THE HEAVENS: Steve Stout from the Goldendale Observatory uses models Monday at the Chamber of Commerce business luncheon to show how an eclipse happens.

Steve Stout has been at the Goldendale Observatory for 386.46 lunations.

“A lunation is a lunar phase,” he told the Greater Goldendale Chamber of Commerce business luncheon Thursday at the American Legion. A lunar phase is about 29 days, so Stout told the group, “You can do the math.”

Stout was at the Chamber luncheon to talk about events coming up in the skies over Goldendale, marked by special viewings at the Observatory, a Washington state park. One of them was this past weekend, when the full moon was at its closest perigee—its closest point to the earth—in its orbit. The phenomenon, known as a “super moon,” brought the moon to a scant 220,000 miles from the earth.


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