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By Troy J Carpenter
For The Sentinel 

Eclipse brings surge of visitors to Goldendale Observatory


Contributed by the Goldendale Observatory

The crowd at the Goldendale Observatory is focused on the horizon.

In what could be called an elegant capper of the spring-summer parks season, visitors to Goldendale Observatory were treated to an unlikely confluence of lunar phenomena on Sunday evening.

The Sept. 27 lunar eclipse was the final installment in a “tetrad,” a series of four lunar eclipses over a period of roughly two years, each separated by about six months of time. The next total lunar eclipse will not be seen until January 2018. The next tetrad will not begin until April 2032.

The event was simultaneously an eclipse and “supermoon,” the unofficial term for a full moon that occurs during lunar perigee—that is to say, the point in the moon’s orbit closest to Earth. This pr...

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