Volume 93, Issue 62
Thursday, Janurary 20, 2000
A red moon will keep Western stargazers busy tonight.
A lunar eclipse is scheduled to occur this evening said John Landstreet, a professor of physics and astronomy at Western. He explained a lunar eclipse occurs when the moon passes through the earth's shadow, rendering it less visible.
Landstreet said at approximately 10 p.m., light from the sun, filtered through the earth's atmosphere will illuminate the moon, giving it a reddish tint. The eclipse will end at approximately 1:20 a.m., when the shadow leaves the moon.
Lunar eclipses happen about twice a year he explained, with the next one expected on July 16, 2000.
A donation from Mervin Wass, a Western math graduate, has created new scholarships for students, said Ted Garrard, Western's VP-external.
Wass is a former high school math teacher who graduated from Western in the '30s, Garrard said. He donated $100,000 in early December. Western will use the money's annual interest of $5,000 for scholarships, leaving the capital untouched.
The number of scholarships has not yet been decided, Garrard said, adding the money will be given to incoming and perhaps existing students. "Hopefully, it will encourage students to go into math."
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