How to Watch This Weekend's Supermoon Eclipse

It will be visible to 2B people
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 26, 2015 10:08 AM CDT
How to Watch This Weekend's Supermoon Eclipse
This Sept. 13, 2015 image provided by NASA shows the moon, left, and the Earth, top, transiting the sun together, seen from the Solar Dynamics Observatory.   (NASA/SDO via AP)

There's another supermoon on Sunday night—but this time it's a supermoon eclipse. As Time explains, the supermoon occurs when the moon is at its closest point to Earth, and Sunday's will be around 14% bigger than usual. And a lunar eclipse, of course, is when the Earth is between the moon and the sun, leaving the moon in Earth's shadow but still getting some sunlight. Oh, and it will also be a full moon. It's been 30 years since all three things (supermoon or "lunar perigee," full moon, and total lunar eclipse) have occurred at once, and it's not expected to happen again for 18 years. What can you expect? As the Christian Science Monitor puts it, "Earthly viewers will see a large 'blood moon' glowing burnt-red in the eastern sky."

And how can you see it? At least 2 billion people will be able to view it from North and South America, Europe, Africa, as well as parts of West Asia and the eastern Pacific. The moon will start moving into shadow at about 9:07pm Eastern time, and will be entirely in shadow and tinted red at 10:11pm for about 72 minutes. You can get specific viewing information for your location here, or you can watch a livestream of the event here. (More supermoon stories.)

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