Total Lunar Eclipse to Coincide with Full Blood Supermoon This Weekend
For the first time in more than 30 years, you can witness a supermoon in combination with a lunar eclipse. Late on Sept. 27, 2015, in the U.S. and much of the world, a total lunar eclipse will mask the moon’s larger-than-life face.
The moon does not make its own light; it reflects light it receives from the sun. During a lunar eclipse, the moon appears less and less bright as sunlight is blocked by the Earth’s shadow. As totality approaches, sunlight reaches the moon indirectly and is refracted around the “edges” of Earth, through Earth’s atmosphere. Because of this, almost all colors except red are “filtered” out, and the eclipsed moon appears reddish or dark brown. This filtering is caused by particulates in our atmosphere; when there have been a lot of fires and/or volcanic eruptions, lunar eclipses will appear darker and redder. This eerie — but harmless — effect has earned the phenomenon the nickname “blood moon.”
When the Eclipse Happens Worldwide Lunar eclipses look approximately the same all over the world and happen at the same time.
The total duration of the eclipse: 5 hours, 11 minutes.
The total duration of the partial phases: 2 hours, 8 minutes.
The duration of the full eclipse: 1 hour, 12 minutes.
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