Super Blood Moon!

This Sunday, September 27, 2015, you will be able to see something in the night sky that we haven’t seen since 1982. The super blood moon will appear to be up to 14% larger and 30% brighter than a typical full moon. This is because the moon will be at it’s perigee, or its closest point to the Earth. That is not all, however. The moon will also appear to have an eerie red glow to it. This red glow is the result of a total lunar eclipse. The moon will pass directly behind the Earth, blocking much of the light that would otherwise be reflected off by the moon. The light that does make it to the moon first passes through the Earth’s atmosphere, causing the red coloration. The eclipse will last from 10:11 p.m. EDT to 11:23 p.m. EDT (9:11 p.m. CDT – 10:23 p.m. CDT, 7:11 p.m. PDT – 8:23 p.m. PDT). This will be the last time you will be able to see a super blood moon until 2033, so be sure to catch a glimpse of it if you can!

Photo by Tomruen / CC BY-SA 3.0
Photo by Tomruen / CC BY-SA 3.0
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