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Friday, September 25, 2015

This Sunday Night -- One Busy Moon and Night Sky

This Saturday night, we will not only have what's called a "blood moon" but we are also to have a total lunar eclipse.

First, that blood moon:

Blood moon

Total Lunar Eclipse - Blood Moon

What is it?

A "blood moon" is a full moon that also goes through a total eclipse so that the shadow from the Earth, thrown on the moon makes that same moon turn rather red in the sky. If you've never seen one, it is, they are beautiful.

I remember there was one, once, on my birthday night, many years ago. The red is brilliant. It's a lot of fun and very different.

It's this Sunday evening.

The total eclipse will last one hour and 12 minutes, and will be visible to North and South America, Europe, Africa, and parts of West Asia and the eastern Pacific. Viewers can see the supermoon unmasked after nightfall. Earth’s shadow will begin to dim the supermoon slightly beginning at 7:11 p.m. CDT. A noticeable shadow will begin to fall on the moon at 8:07 p.m., and the total eclipse will start at 9:11 p.m.

Sunday's lunar eclipse will also feature a 'Supermoon'

Super Blood Moon 2015: When and Where to See the Eclipse

Super Blood Moon eclipse on night of September 27-28

Viewing Conditions: Supermoon to Coincide With Lunar Eclipse in Rare Celestial Event Sunday Night

When and Where to Watch This Weekend's Total Lunar Eclipse

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