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More than 1,000 at UNT planetarium view supermoon lunar eclipse

More than 1,000 at UNT planetarium view supermoon lunar eclipse

More than 1,000 at UNT planetarium view supermoon lunar eclipse
September 28
18:03 2015

Jessy Diamba | Staff Writer

@jessyjamba

More than 1,000 people joined the staff at UNT’s RAFES Urban Astronomy Center for a peek at Sunday night’s rare combination of a supermoon and total lunar eclipse. Staff originally expected about 400 people to attend, but later announced the observatory had reached capacity.

For Ron Dilulio, astronomy program and planetarium director, the large turnout was wonderful news.

“Funny enough, my interest in astronomy began when I went to a star party just like this,” Dilulio said. “I got to look through a telescope and saw the planet Saturn and its rings.”

For $3, guests were able to look through high-powered telescopes, attend a presentation by the staff about the moon and its many myths, as well as shoot photos of the moon up close with their cameras and smart phones.

The last supermoon and lunar eclipse was 33 years ago in 1982. Sunday night’s event was most visible in South America, the Middle East and Europe, but could also be seen in North America and West Africa.

Featured Image: Courtesy | Wikimedia Commons

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