For the second time this fall, the moon will appear bright and wide in the night sky, only this time, it will be accompanied by a stunning lunar eclipse.
You may remember last month’s supermoon, which dazzled stargazers as they peered up into the night sky. According to a report from Discovery News, the supermoon is slated to make a return this month. Only this time, it will be accompanied by a lunar eclipse, making for an evening you won’t want to miss.
Viewers in North and South America, Europe, Africa, western Asia, and the eastern Pacific region will be able to view the supermoon eclipse on September 27. This will be the first supermoon eclipse event since 1983, and it won’t happen again until 2033.
When the moon is the farthest away from the Earth in its orbit, it is referred to as apogee. When it is closest to the Earth, it is called perigee. The perigee full moon is slated to happen at the end of this month, which will be the closest full moon of the entire year.
The moon will be roughly 31,000 miles closer to Earth than on an apogee moon, appearing about 14 percent larger and 30 percent brighter in the sky. While a perigee is known as a supermoon, an apogee is referred to as a minimoon.
While the moon may appear to be much larger and brighter, and may look like an entirely different moon altogether, there is no physical difference. It’s simply closer to viewers here on Earth.
Be sure to find a good spot with a clear view of the sky this September 27 to witness the bright glowing moon accompanied by a total lunar eclipse.