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North Texans Stay Up Late In Awe Of Blood Moon Vision

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NORTH TEXAS (CBS 11 NEWS) – Dozens of people gathered at the Perot Museum of Nature and Science in Dallas early Tuesday morning to see the first of a series of eclipses so rare it usually happens only once every several hundred years.

The museum hosted a lunar eclipse watch party that ran from midnight to 4 a.m. for people to watch the event.

“It’s actually known as a tetrad, which means there are four consecutive total eclipses that will be happening,” said the museum’s Manager of Family and Adult Programs Kristina Anderson.

Chirag Gandhi was one of several people who brought their own telescope to the event. “It’s going to be really gorgeous to see, especially through the telescopes we’re seeing.”

The eclipse is termed a blood moon since the moon reflects red light from the earth, as the earth passes between the moon and sun.

The beginning of the overnight eclipse really became visible just after 2 a.m.

Many of you shared your images and comments with CBS 11 News online. “I stayed up and photographed from beginning to end,” Kimberly Swan-McCool posted on the CBSDFW Facebook page.

“Um…AWESOME!!!” Jake Shafer posted.

Some people made the event a family affair, especially at the Perot Museum which enhanced the experience with interactive exhibits and with museum telescopes.

“I remember when I was a youngster my family took me to see Saturn,” said museum staff member Rachel Thompson.  “And that is a memory that stuck with me my entire  life.  So, I hope that that’s the case for those kids tonight, too.  I’m sure it will be.”

The night may make a lasting memory for a child, but it certainly made a life-long memory for one couple at the museum.  The man surprised his girlfriend and popped the question during the eclipse.

“I like the ring a lot better than the eclipse,” the surprised woman giggled.

The next eclipse will be on October 8.

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