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Rare Blood Supermoon Lunar Eclipse – What You Need to Know – Watch Live

25 Sep 2015, 2:43 pm


For the first time in more than 30 years, you can witness a supermoon in combination with a lunar eclipse. This will be the first supermoon eclipse in 33 years and next such event will occur only in 2033. Since 1900, just five such occurrences took place: 1910, 1928, 1946, 1964 and 1982.

What’s the BIG Deal?

It’s the night of the harvest moon-the full moon closest to the September equinox. “Equinox” is derived from the Latin for “equal night.” So day and night on the 27th will be roughly of equal length, and the sun will rise exactly in the east and set exactly in the west.

Sometimes a full moon is called a “supermoon”–a term coined just a few years ago. A supermoon is a new or full moon which occurs when the moon is at or near its closest approach to Earth in a given orbit. There are 4 to 6 supermoons every year on average, so they’re not unusual. You won’t really be able to see the difference between this full moon and any other one with your eyes. It’ll only be about 7% larger. The moon is 221,000 miles from Earth this month, as opposed to the average distance of 239,000 miles.

When you’re not eclipse watching, catch Mercury, Saturn, Neptune and Pluto in the evening sky, Uranus and Neptune at midnight, and Venus, Mars and Jupiter in the predawn sky. Finally, you can still get a great view of our Milky Way spanning the sky from southwest to northeast-if you can escape to a dark location.

The full blood supermoon total lunar eclipse, will be visible in much of the world and estimated to last for about an hour.

The east coast will begin to see the eclipse after sunset on Sunday (September 27th).

Viewing Area

What is a Supermoon?

Cloudy Skies?

Clouds and overcast skies are likely for both coasts of the continental U.S.

Where to Watch

If Mother Nature gets in the way of your viewing, you can watch NASA’s live stream from 8:00 pm until at least 11:30 p.m. EDT. right here on The broadcast will take place live from Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, AL. It will include a live feed from the Griffith Observatory in Los Angeles, Adler Planetarium in Chicago and Fernbank Observatory in Atlanta.

Watch Live

Watch alternate stream: here

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