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Crowds Gather for Total Lunar Eclipse

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YAKIMA, Wash. -- Tonight was the last night to see a total lunar eclipse until 2010. The Yakima Astronomical Society had telescopes set up at Randall park for the public to view the eclipse.


It was a perfect night to get out and watch the spectacular event and the crowds definitely came out.

The crowd was the largest around 6:45 just 15 minutes before the total eclipse began.

It was filled with people of all ages and types.

For many of them this was not the first total lunar eclipse they have seen, but for most of the little ones that were there it was.

One of them described what the eclipse looked like through the telescope.

Tyson said "The moon looked like a big white round circle with little dots on it."

The total eclipse lasted about 50 minutes and the partial eclipse could be viewed for a bout a half-an-hour before and after the total eclipse.


With Saturn's close proximity to the moon and the bright star Regulus also close by tonight it was an extra treat for folks with a telescope.