Rare Lunar Eclipse On Sunday Will Also Feature A Super Blood Moon

Posted: Sep 22 2015, 6:30am CDT | by , Updated: Sep 22 2015, 9:40pm CDT, in News | Latest Science News

Rare Lunar Eclipse on Sunday will also show a Supermoon
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  • Unique Supermoon Lunar Eclipse to Occur within Seven Days' Time Span

A unique lunar eclipse with a supermoon is to occur within seven days' time.

The supermoon is coming and within a one week time period, we will be able to gaze at an eclipse of this enlarged moon in the night sky. It is indeed the right time to get out your telescopes and binoculars from the attic where they have been collecting dust for so long. The lunar eclipse is not one to miss out on since the next one will be in 2033.

On Sunday, September 27th, 2015, the supermoon eclipse will be there in all its glory for all to see. The total lunar eclipse will start at 10:11 p.m. EDT (7:11 p.m. PDT) on Sunday evening and will last one hour and 12 minutes.

The special event is actually a coincidental result of three phenomena: a full moon, a lunar eclipse and the moon at its perigee. A previous example of such an event taking place was in the year 1982, according to USAToday.

In the 20th century alone, there have only been a total of less than half a dozen such supermoon eclipses. The sight this time around will be a pretty one. and it will be on plain view in North and South America, Europe, Africa, Western Asia and the East Pacific Region. During the perigee, the moon will appear fuller and larger than usual. It will be a beautiful sight to behold.

The opposite of such a state of affairs may occur as well. This would be a minimoon. It is when the moon is at its furthest from our planet. The supermoon would be like a screen across which the earth will cast its shade.

The moon’s light would almost get totally blocked. Another epithet of this phenomenon is the “blood moon”. It is called that because the moon takes on a reddish tinge due to the light rays traveling at a certain angle through the atmosphere.

Sunday to Monday, the moon will hide behind a thick layer of darkness. Only its edges will be visible in the form of a luminescent halo. Within 12 minutes of the eclipse, things will reverse their course and the shadow will start shifting away thereby revealing light.

Even those who live in areas of the world where there will be no supermoon eclipse will be able to view it on a partial basis. Pictures of the supermoon eclipse may be seen on the Slooh Community website. In LA, the Griffith Observatory will showcase a live webcast of the exciting event. It is an event that almost everybody is looking forward to with eager anticipation.

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