Sunday night’s 2015 Blood moon, supermoon and harvest moon event arrives early enough so you can watch this lunar show before bedtime. Even though the doomsday folks pin this blood moon as the start of a catastrophe, that doesn’t mean you can’t go outside and enjoy the rare event. So how do you get to see this?
This will be easy, especially for the folks where the skies are predicted to be clear of clouds on Sunday night, like the North East. This moon will be the closest moon to the Earth for the year 2015, according to AOL.com on September 27.
Tonight’s event is a super moon combined with a lunar eclipse and the result of this combination brings a blood moon. That means the moon will appear to turn blood red, or orange during this event. Not to mention it is also the harvest moon!
What is the difference between the harvest moon, supermoon and blood moon which are all occurring tonight, Sunday September 27 ?
The harvest moon is the full moon that is seen nearest to the time of the autumnal equinox. The supermoon is a new moon or full moon that comes within 224,834 miles of Earth, as measured from the centers of the moon and Earth. The blood moon occurs when a full moon experiences a lunar eclipse. All three of these lunar events happen tonight!
Get outside tonight and view the year’s harvest moon, which is also a supermoon, and watch as it experiences a lunar eclipse, turning the moon orange. Although some call the color red as it changes into the “blood moon.”
North America will have a ringside seat for tonight’s blood moon where ever the weather is expected to oblige. This is a blood moon that the folks can see clearly in the night sky as the moon enters Earth’s full shadow. This is called the umbra and that starts at 9:07 p.m. EDT (6:07 p.m. PDT). The total eclipse begins at 10:11 p.m. EDT (7:11 p.m. PDT). Totality lasts an hour and 12 minutes, at which point a bright sliver of the moon will emerge and grow,” according to Live Science.
Depending where you are in your time zone, times will differ, but full coverage of the of the blood moon, supermoon phase including times for your location, tips on viewing this event and also when to get the best photos of the lunar variety show this evening! You can watch this lunar event as it is livestreamed if you prefer it to the great outdoors. It will be streamed on Space.com.
According to Space.com: “As with all lunar eclipses, the region of visibility for Sunday’s blood-moon lunar eclipse will encompass more than half of our planet. Nearly 1 billion people in the Western Hemisphere, nearly 1.5 billion throughout much of Europe and Africa and perhaps another 500 million in western Asia will be able to watch as the Harvest Full Moon becomes a shadow of its former self and morphs into a glowing coppery ball.”