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'Blood Moon' Phone Home? Best Lunar Eclipse Memes

Image: E.T. and the eclipse
A Twitter mash-up crosses the total lunar eclipse with the "E.T." meme.ObservingSpace / UA Mt. Lemmon Sky Center via Twitter

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The first total lunar eclipse in more than two years lit up the Internet early Tuesday, thanks to thousands of skywatchers who shared their pictures — and a few wags who had fun with the "Blood Moon" meme.

Topsy.com's analytics show show more than 1.7 million tweets mentioning "eclipse" on Monday, with the terms #bloodmoon and "Blood Moon" spiking to more than 500,000.

Here's a look at some of the lunacy:

For more meme-worthy pictures, check out our "Greatest Hits" gallery, a time-lapse video of the total lunar eclipse, TODAY's eclipse tweets and the galleries at Space.com and SpaceWeather.com.

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