Saturday, September 26, 2015

Supermoon total lunar eclipse happens this weekend

This weekend you'll have lots of reasons to look up to sky: we're about to get a rare supermoon total lunar eclipse.

Though surrounded in lots of hyperbole and exaggeration, a supermoon is simply the coincidence of a full moon happening near the moon's closest point to Earth. However, this only makes it about 14% bigger than usual - and not super-big, as some may want you to believe (but hey, 14% is better than nothing, right?)

But this weekend things get even better, as this supermoon will coincide with a total lunar eclipse (visible on the eastern half of north america, the entire south america, west africa and western europe.) You can find exactly when on that link. The last time such thing happened was in 1982, and should you miss this one, you'll have to wait until 2033 to catch it again.

In New York, for example, the event will start at 21:07 on the 27th, and reach the full eclipse at 22:47. That a lot better than what I get here, where that happens at 03:47 of the 28th, just a few hours from a dreaded monday morning!

So... who's up for spending a night looking up to the moon?

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