A true moment of Zen is about to happen on Sunday, Sept. 27 that won’t be repeated for 18 years according to a newly released video from NASA.. It’s a dazzling, eye-opening epic lunar event that that combines an eclipse with the phenomenal supermoon that will take place at 9:07 p.m. EDT and you really need to watch it. Because the moon will be the closest ever to Earth it will loom about 14% larger than ever. Also called the harvest moon, or blood moon, the massive orb will pass behind our planet into its shadow emanating red tint across its surface. You might want to be a loved one and sing “When the Moon Hits Your Eye like a big pizza pie that’s amore” while watching the spectacular.
This supermoon, also called a harvest moon due to its occurrence falling at the beginning of the autumn season, will have an extra characteristic. Eturbonews explained the occurrence with a quote from Eric Edelman of Slooh that read, “The red portion of sunlight is what makes it through our atmosphere to the other side, bent toward the eclipsed moon, so that even though the moon is within Earth’s shadow, the red portion of the sun’s light can give the moon this ghostly illumination.,” While a range of clouds and storms may prevent ideal viewing conditions in spots across the country, those with clear skies will be able to take in the stunning views with ease.
The historically rare supermoon lunar eclipses have actually increased during the 21st century, according to Slooh Astronomer Bob Berman. “It’s one of best astronomical events to witness without any equipment and we know exactly when it’s going to happen,” AccuWeather Meteorologist and Astronomy Blogger Dave Samuhel said. “The moon will be fully eclipsed for a little over one hour,” Samuhel said. “But the time from the very start to the very end of the eclipse will be a little over three hours.” The supermoon portion of the eclipse will last roughly 72 minutes, reaching totality at 10:47 p.m. EDT (2:47 UTC).
Unfortunately for folks living in the Northeast, a storm system may spoil the chance for clear skies as an Atlantic storm sits offshore in the North Carolina-Virginia area. Some visibility might be impaired in Florida due to a storm off the Gulf of Mexico. The storm’s ultimate path will dictate which areas have an increase in cloud coverage. Bostonians should get a good view though. Much of the Plains, Midwest and Southwest should not have any inhibiting weather conditions for Sunday’s lunar show.
Californians will sadly miss out on the beginning of the eclipse, the moon will rise as the eclipse is in progress. Still make sure you head outside for what could be the chance of lifetime for many to see this epic event.