If reports are anything to go by, there will be a supermoon lunar eclipse that will rule the sky for the first time in 30 years on September 27th and 28th.
USA Today?reports, it hasn’t happened in 33 years, and won’t for another 18 years: Sunday evening, a total lunar eclipse will coincide with a Supermoon. A lunar eclipse occurs when the Earth is between the full moon and the sun. The Earth’s shadow covers the moon, which often has a red color, hence the blood moon nickname.Although it’s completely in the shadow of Earth, a bit of reddish sunlight still reaches the moon. The supermoon, which comes around once every year, will appear 14% larger and 30% brighter in the sky that evening before it is engulfed by an eclipse for more than an hour.
To watch the Eclipse, skywatchers can camp out early for the partial lunar eclipse, which will begin at 8 p.m. ET in the United States. As the planet’s shadow dims the supermoon, this will create dramatic viewing opportunities for observers. The eclipse will reach its peak during the 10 o’clock hour, giving the supermoon a reddish, copper-like hue. The event should end after midnight.
Unlike solar eclipses, which need to be viewed with special eye gear, the lunar eclipse can be seen with the naked eye after nightfall.
People interested in seeing the event can simply step outside Sunday evening to see the lunar phenomenon. For a better view, some parks and planetariums in the United States will be scheduling viewing parties, a CNN?report states.
LA Times?says, if you want a close-up view, you can watch the event unfold through the observatory’s Zeiss telescope via live-stream broadcast. Slooh Community Observatory also will be live-streaming the eclipse.
The last supermoon lunar eclipse occurred in 1982, one of just five such events in the last century