Attendees gathered for an evening of moon-gazing at one of the rarest and dramatic events of the year.

Friend of Madrona Marsh and Celestron held a fundraiser Sunday evening to celebrate that night’s total lunar eclipse. Attendees gathered for telescope moon gazing and saw a presentation to educate the community about the lunar eclipse. Attendees were also given starlit tours and food to enjoy during the special occasion.

A lunar eclipse occurs when the Earth is between the full moon and the sun. The Earth’s shadow covers the moon, and the lunar eclipse – or blood moon – will change to a deep red glow. Experts say that during a total lunar eclipse, the moon will appear about 14 percent larger and 30 percent brighter. This will be the fourth total lunar eclipse in two years.

The event was part of an effort to raise money to help sustain and protect the Madrona Marsh Nature Center and Preserve in Torrance.

The Madrona Marsh Nature Center and Preserve hosts a number of events and ongoing clubs, including the Tuesday and Wednesday Weeders Club. The group meets Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 10 a.m. to noon. Volunteers will learn about weeds and how to maintain the preserve. It’s a program for adults willing to make a minimum commitment of 50 hours per year.

Visit FriendsOfMadronaMarsh.Com for more information on upcoming events at the Madrona Marsh Preserve.