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Culture notes: Tellus Science Museum up for lunar eclipse; preview Christie’s auction at Lenox hotel

Tellus to open late for lunar eclipse

It’s a school night, but Tellus Science Museum officials think the total lunar eclipse happening in the wee hours of April 15 has such educational value for future scientists that the Cartersville attraction plans to be open from 1 to 5:30 a.m.

The observatory and all the galleries will be open throughout, and the planetarium will offer sky tours and eclipse demonstrations at 2, 3 and 4 a.m.

In addition to the observatory’s 20-inch PlaneWave telescope, smaller telescopes on the museum grounds will be aimed at the moon. Images of the moon will be broadcast from the observatory into the theater, where Tellus experts will provide running commentary. Should the skies over the museum become cloudy, it will broadcast the eclipse image from a clear site elsewhere in North or South America.

Regular admission applies: $14; $12 ages 65 and up; $10 students and ages 3-17; free, active military with ID. 100 Tellus Drive (Exit 293 off I-75), Cartersville. 770-606-5700, HOWARD POUSNER

Preview Christie’s auction at JW Marriott

Today, April 12, is the final day to check out a a sampler preview exhibit of art and watches from a Christie’s auction, coming up in New York in May, at the JW Marriott Atlanta Buckhead, adjoining Lenox Square.

The free lobby showing, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., includes works by Van Gogh, Picasso, Matisse and Edward Hopper as well as rare and vintage timepieces from Rolex, Patek Philippe, Audemars Piguet and Vacheron Constantin.

The hotel’s Nox Creek Lounge is offering art-inspired cocktails and a special menu.

3300 Lenox Road, Atlanta. 404-262-3344, HOWARD POUSNER

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