The Supermoon, also known as the Bloodmoon, will occur on September 27 or 28, depending on the country. This is going to be a spectacular event, as the supermoon combines with a lunar eclipse, an event which takes place once in a while.
The last time the moon interfered with a lunar eclipse was 30 years ago, more precisely in 1982. The event is not something to be missed, because it represents a rarity, something which a whole generation might not have seen before. Apart from this, it will happen again no sooner than 2033, so be sure you will not miss it!
The event will display a great show, because, for about an hour, the Earth’ shadows cover the moon when the planet occupies a middle position between the sun and the moon. This kind of eclipses usually appears twice a year, being somehow predictable.
In the past, they were regarded as accidental and feared events by the Incans and Mesopotamians. Noah Petro, deputy project scientist for the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland claims that knowing when this event is going to happen is not that difficult.
You only have to know where the Earth, moon and sun are placed at a given time.
The Space tries to explain what this event is all about. Supermoon means that the moon will nearly pass the Earth, thus making it look bigger. It will not be something dramatic, but a change in dimension will undoubtedly be seen. Pedro further explains that when the moon is closest to the Earth, this is called a perigee.
When it is farthest, it is called an apogee. This year we are going to witness a perigee, as the moon will be 31,000 miles near the Earth. This closeness means that the moon will also be brighter and larger in the sky and this is where the name of ‘supermoon’ stems from.
“There’s no physical difference in the moon,” Petro said.
The event can be seen online, as webcasts got prepared for a live transmission. For those who want to see it outdoors, they can use the telescope, the binoculars or can watch it with the naked eye. The eclipse is expected to last for an hour and 12 minutes.
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