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#507770 - 09/25/15 08:47 AM Supermoon Sunday evening
Marty Offline
This weekend's full Moon is a "supermoon," as much as 50,000 km closer to Earth than other full Moons of the year. Rising in the east at sunset, the swollen disk will look extremely beautiful... because it is going to be eclipsed. On Sunday evening, Sept. 27th, the supermoon will pass through the shadow of Earth, turning the lunar disk a cosmic shade of red.

What makes the eclipsed Moon turn red? A quick trip to the Moon provides the answer: Imagine yourself standing on a dusty lunar plain looking up at the sky. Overhead hangs Earth, nightside down, completely hiding the sun behind it. The eclipse is underway.

You might expect Earth seen in this way to be utterly dark, but it's not. The rim of the planet looks like it is on fire. As you scan your eye around Earth's circumference, you're seeing every sunrise and every sunset in the world, all of them, all at once. This incredible light beams into the heart of Earth's shadow, filling it with a coppery glow and transforming the Moon into a great red orb.

For Belize, the Eclipse of the Moon by Earth will be happening between about 8pm to 9:30pm Sunday Evening


#507773 - 09/25/15 09:16 AM Re: Supermoon Sunday evening [Re: Marty]
Diane Campbell Offline
Hope the skies are clear enough to see it ....

#507779 - 09/25/15 12:11 PM Re: Supermoon Sunday evening [Re: Marty]
Marty Offline
Moon mania! Sunday night to bring a rare combo of supermoon and total lunar eclipse
Between 10:11 and 11:23 pm EDT on Sunday night, an unusually large “supermoon” will be completely eclipsed by Earth’s shadow, leading to a rare treat for astronomical buffs. Partial or total eclipses occur only when the Sun, Earth and moon are lined up, so by definition they only occur when the moon is full. Because the moon’s orbit around Earth is not perfectly symmetric, the moon is sometimes closer to us than at other times. Supermoons can appear as much as 14% larger in diameter than usual. There are typically two to five partial or total lunar eclipses per year, but getting a total lunar eclipse (also called a “blood moon,” referring to the common reddish hue) during a supermoon is a once-in-several-decades event. According to space.com, the last one was in 1982 and the next one won’t occur until 2033. Sunday night will also mark the fourth consecutive total eclipse without any partial eclipses, an unusual event called a tetrad.

Figure 8. The total lunar eclipse of October 8, 2014, as photographed in California by Alfredo Garcia, Jr. Image credit: Wikimedia Commons/Tomruen.

Sunday’s lunar eclipse is timed especially well for the Americas, with totality falling between 7 pm and midnight across the contiguous U.S. Evening skies will be fair or clear over much of the nation, apart from the stubborn Southeast storm and another cloud-bearing system over the north central states. Space.com is offering “full ‘blood moon’ coverage” this weekend.

Jeff Masters


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