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Lunar eclipse draws early bird space fans

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True die-hards turned out at South Platte Park in the pre-dawn hours of Jan. 31 to watch an astronomical event that won’t repeat for decades: a super blue blood moon. That’s a romantic way to say a lunar eclipse, while the moon was at its closest point in its orbit to Earth, and the second full moon in a month.

“This is worth getting up early for,” said South Platte Park interpreter Victoria Sutton. “Little miracles of nature like this make memories that will stay with you the rest of your life.”

A few dozen people nibbled pastries and watched the moon go blood-red in the western sky from the shores of Cooley Lake in an event dubbed “Eclipse and Eclairs” by South Suburban Parks and Recreation District’s Carson Nature Center.

“It’s wonderful how the universe works together,” said Kathleen Jones, who volunteered at the event. “With all the troubles we have in the world today, it’s rejuvenating to enjoy the beauty of nature.”

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