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Lunar Eclipse Tonight: Should You Keep the Kids up to See It?

total lunar eclipseTonight marks a fairly rare event – a total lunar eclipse!   People in North America, South America, Europe, and the Pacific Islands will experience the first total lunar eclipse in two years.   Tonight’s lunar eclipse is expected to occur very late in the evening hours or extremely early in the morning.

Should you let the kids stay up late to witness the lunar eclipse tonight?

If you are one of the lucky parents whose kids are already out on winter break, it may be a great learning experience for a budding astronomer to stay up and witness their very first total lunar eclipse.  Since the next one won’t happen for another four years, it could be a one-of-a-kind night for a kid who can sleep late in the morning.  

If you are like most parents who will have to wake up the little star watchers in the morning, you may want to skip tonight’s viewing and give your little scientist a first hand view of the eclipse which will be all over the Internet tomorrow morning.  

Will you let your kids stay up and see the lunar eclipse tonight?

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