On Sunday, September 27th, a total lunar eclipse will coincide with a SuperMoon.
The total eclipse will start at 7:11 p.m. CDT and will last from beginning to end for a total of 5 hours and 11 minutes, with the maximum view occurring at 9:47 p. m.
This occurrence has not happened for the past 32 years, since December 30, 1982 and it will not happen again for another 18 years, in 2033.
People residing in the eastern half of North America can watch every stage of the eclipse, from beginning to end of the partial phases, with the moon mostly high in the sky, Sky and Telescope magazine reports.
For those residing in the West, the first partial stage of the eclipse will already be in progress when the moon rises in the east around sunset.
According to Sky and Telescope magazine, this will be the last total lunar eclipse visible anywhere on Earth until the year 2018. Americans will actually see a total solar eclipse, occurring in in August, 2017, before the next total lunar eclipse in 2029.
A SuperMoon happens when a full Moon or new Moon coincides with the Moon’s closest approach to the Earth – its perigee. We have ALWAYS had this lunar phenomenon, its just that the name SuperMoon was not used until it was coined by astrologer Richard Nolle, in 1979.