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Solar eclipse viewing Saturday at Fort Larned

POSTED May 18, 2012 11:36 a.m.


LARNED — The public is invited to view a partial solar eclipse from Fort Larned National Historic Site Sunday.
Fort Larned is one of 125 national parks that will have an outstanding view of the eclipse, park administrators said.
Program time begins at 7 p.m. at the Visitor Center. The eclipse occurs from 7:25 p.m. to sunset at 8:47.
An interpretive program on Indian tales of the night sky will immediately follow the sunset.  As darkness sets in visitors will be invited to stay for a stargazing program.  Two telescopes will be set up by the fort’s park rangers. The program will conclude after stars have been visible and all participants have enjoyed viewing the night sky.  
Safety must be an important part of viewing a solar eclipse, park officials said. They remind those view the eclipse to  never look directly at the sun.
The event requires eye protection to observe.  Park rangers will have fabricated projection devices.  A short safety message will be conveyed during the introduction.
Fort Larned National Historic Site is located six miles west of Larned on K-156.
 Information on visiting is on the internet at www.nps.gov/fols, or by calling 620-285-6911.
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