Supermoon Blood Moon Eclipse Viewing Sept 27, 2015


As explains: “Supermoons occur when the moon reaches its full phase at or near the satellite’s closest approach to Earth, and appears abnormally large and bright as a result. The Sept. 27 event is quite special; the last supermoon eclipse occurred in 1982, and the next won’t take place until 2033.”

The total eclipse will also feature a blood moon.

Sunday’s event is also the culmination of a “tetrad” — the last of four successive lunar eclipses that started with the April 15, 2014, eclipse, followed by one on Oct. 8, 2014, and again on April 4 of this year.

As Sky & Telescope writes: “Observers in the eastern half of North America can watch every stage of the eclipse, from beginning to end of the partial phases (3 1⁄3 hours in all) during convenient hours of late twilight or darkness with the Moon mostly high in the sky. If you’re in the Far West, the first partial stage of the eclipse is already in progress when the Moon rises (due east) around the time of sunset. Those in Europe and Africa see the eclipse on the local morning of the 28th.”

Totality (when the moon is completely in Earth’s shadow) arrives at 10:10.7 p.m. ET for those in the country’s East, or 9:11 p.m. CT for those in the Midwest.

Total eclipse of the Moon
Delta T: 68.0s

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W084 25, N33 46

Eastern Daylight Time

Azimuth Altitude
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Moonrise 2015 Sep 27 19:20 89.1 —-
Moon enters penumbra 2015 Sep 27 20:10.3 95.8 9.5
Moon enters umbra 2015 Sep 27 21:06.8 103.8 20.7
Moon enters totality 2015 Sep 27 22:10.7 114.3 33.0
Middle of eclipse 2015 Sep 27 22:47.1 121.7 39.6
Moon leaves totality 2015 Sep 27 23:23.5 130.5 45.6
Moon leaves umbra 2015 Sep 28 00:27.4 151.0 54.1
Moon leaves penumbra 2015 Sep 28 01:24.0 174.9 57.7
Moonset 2015 Sep 28 07:58 273.9 —-

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