Mark your calendar: lunar eclipse this weekend!

Mark your calendar for the night of September 27-28 (Sunday night, Monday morning)!  If weather permits and you’re in the right hemisphere of the planet, you will get to see the final eclipse of a lunar eclipse tetrad — a set of four consecutive total lunar eclipses.  This one has a bonus: it’s falling very near the Moon’s perigee, so it’s also a supermoon (a moon that is slightly larger in the sky, although it’s difficult to tell by the naked eye).  If you miss it, the next total lunar eclipse won’t be until 2018.

This continent best situated to observe this one is South America, where the entire eclipse will be visible to the entire continent.  But good views will also be had North America (with the eastern half getting to see the whole thing), the Atlantic, western Africa, Europe, and the westernmost parts of Asia.  Like all lunar eclipses, if it’s nighttime where you are during the eclipse, you will get to see it.

 

Eclipse Timing (all times UTC)

00:11:47   First Penumbral Contact (Penumbral Phase Begins — very hard to see)

01:07:11   First Umbral Contact (Moon Enters Umbra; Partial Phase Begins)

02:11:10   Second Umbral Contact (Moon Completely In Umbra; Totality Begins)

02:48:16  Moment of Greatest Eclipse

03:23:05  Third Umbral Contact (Totality Ends)

04:27:03  Fourth Umbral Contact (Moon Completely Departs Umbra; Partial Phase Ends)

05:22:27  Fourth Penumbral Contact (Eclipse Ends)

For a complete map, please follow this link to NASA’s page for the eclipse.

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