An event three decades in the making! The Blood Supermoon Total Lunar Eclipse, will occurs on September 27th 2015.
NASA officials said in this newly released video, “It will be the first supermoon eclipse since 1982, and the last until 2033:
A partial solar eclipse will happen two weeks prior to the supermoon, on September 13th.
What is a supermoon?
“Supermoons” occur because the moon’s orbit around Earth is elliptical rather than circular. While the moon’s average distance from our planet is about 239,000 miles (384,600 kilometers), the natural satelite roams as far away as 252,000 miles (405,600 km) at “apogee” and gets as close as 226,000 miles (363,700 km) at “perigee.”
A supermoon is a full moon that occurs at, or very near, perigee and appears abnormally big in the sky as a result. In fact, supermoons appear about 14 percent larger and 30 brighter than apogee full moons, which are also known as “minimoons.”
What is a blood moon?
This September’s full moon is also called a Blood Moon. This is because it is the fourth and final eclipse of a lunar tetrad: four straight total eclipses of the moon, spaced at six lunar months (full moons) apart.
The total lunar eclipse is visible from the most of North America and all of South America after sunset September 27. From eastern South America and Greenland, the greatest eclipse happens around midnight September 27-28. In Europe, Africa and the Middle East, the total eclipse takes place in the wee hours of the morning, after midnight and before sunrise September 28. A partial lunar eclipse can beseen after sunset September 27 from western Alaska, or before sunrise September 28 in far-western Asia.
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