Sunday, September 27, 2015

Super Moon Lunar Eclipse Sunday Night

Astronomers will be given a rare chance to capture a spectacular celestial event that has not occurred for 30 years tonight- a lunar eclipse with the moon near to its closest point to the Earth.

A  blood-red "supermoon" will cast its eerie light on the Earth late Sunday.

When the moon is at "perigee", its shortest distance from the Earth, it is 226,000 miles away and appears 14 per cent larger and 30 per cent brighter than when it is at its furthermost point.

The last time this coincided with a lunar eclipse, when the moon is covered by the Earth's shadow, was in 1982 and the event will not be repeated until 2033.

During a lunar eclipse, the moon turns a deep rusty red, due to sunlight being scattered by the Earth's atmosphere.

The Eclipse will begin just after 8pm but the most significant changes won't be seen until after 9pm and the total eclipse will occur just after 10pm.  The weather forecast for Eastern Pennsylvania is forecasting there will be clouds but not overall cloudy skies.  We may catch some glimpses in the breaks in the clouds.