Friends of the Zeiss

P.O. Box 1041                                                                   

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 15230-1041 U.S.A.

Telephone: 412-561-7876

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Internet Web Site: < >


                                                             NEWS RELEASE


For immediate release: 2004 October 26

For more information -- Glenn A. Walsh:

               Daytime: E-Mail < >

               Evening: Telephone 412-561-7876


                   Total Eclipse of the Moon Wednesday Evening/

        65th Anniversary of Pittsburgh’s Buhl Planetarium

      Commemorated with Web Site Documenting Historic Transit of Venus


Pittsburgh, Oct. 26 – A deep and fairly dark total eclipse of the Moon will occur Wednesday evening, which can be seen by people throughout most of the Western Hemisphere,
as well as the western sections of
Europe and Africa, weather-permitting. The eclipse will be visible from 8:05 p.m. Eastern Daylight Saving Time, Wednesday, through
2:03 a.m. Thursday morning; the total portion of the eclipse will be from 10:23 to 11:45 p.m.
Remember, an eclipse of the Moon, also called a lunar eclipse, is perfectly safe to look at with the naked-eye or with telescopes or binoculars. Unless you have special training
and special equipment to do so safely, an eclipse of the Sun or solar eclipse should NEVER be looked at directly, particularly with a telescope or binoculars; this could cause
permanent blindness instantly! However, this week's eclipse of the Moon is perfectly safe to look at, and it should be very impressive.

For more information, check these links to an article from Sky and Telescope Magazine (forerunner magazine, The Sky, was co-sponsored in the early 1940s by Buhl Planetarium
in Pittsburgh and Hayden Planetarium in New York City):
From Sky and Telescope Magazine, Cambridge MA - 2004 October:
October's Ideal Lunar Eclipse By Alan M. MacRobert
The Sequence of Events
Eclipse Photography
This eclipse comes during the week of the 65th anniversary of Pittsburgh’s Buhl Planetarium and Institute of Popular Science, which was dedicated 1939 October 24 and
opened to the public the next day. In commemoration of this milestone, Friends of the Zeiss has posted a new Internet web page, which describes the only public observing session,
in Allegheny County, Pennsylvania, of the historic Transit of the Planet Venus across the image of the Sun on 2004 June 8
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Glenn A. Walsh
Electronic Mail - < > 
Author of History Web Sites on the Internet --
* Buhl Planetarium, Pittsburgh: 
  < > 
* Adler Planetarium, Chicago: 
  < >
* Astronomer & Optician John A. Brashear: 
  < > 
* Andrew Carnegie & Carnegie Libraries: 
  < > 
* Duquesne Incline cable-car railway, Pittsburgh: 
  < >