(States Chronicle) – As the astronomical event grows near, websites publish more news on this September’s Supermoon and perigee full moon eclipse. Read more to find out the basics for this year’s most important space event.
Taken separately, Supermoons and full moon eclipses represent rather common events that humanity has been witnessed many times before during the past centuries. It is the simultaneous occurrence of the two phenomena that makes this September’s astronomical proceedings so important.
Supermoons rarely occur at the same time with perigee full moon eclipses. The last time they were visible from the surface of the Earth was approximately 30 years ago. Scientists explain that it usually takes decades for humanity to see a Supermoon and a full lunar eclipse, so you should not miss this month’s stellar show.
Supermoons appear when the moon gets very close to the Earth, while carrying out its elliptical lunar orbit around the Earth. This position is astronomically described as perigee with the moon being as close as 31,000 miles to the Earth. Another interesting particularity is the fact that the Moon acquires gigantic dimensions being 14 percent larger and 30 percent brighter; hence the “Supermoon” nickname.
This month’s full lunar eclipse will be even more interesting, particularly since the Earth is supposed to ‘devour’ the massive Supermoon. Lunar eclipses, be they partial or total, are rather common and they usually occur when the moon lines up with the Sun and the Earth. The reflection of the light casts a reddish hue on the surface of the Moon, increasing the visual effects of the spectacle.
NASA experts have determined the exact dates and duration of the Supermoon lunar eclipse. Based on the information provided by them, the event will take place on September 27th. The shadow of the Earth should begin to cover the surface of the Earth at approximately 8 p.m. The entire phenomenon has been estimated to last for one hour.
The Supermoon lunar eclipse will be visible from most regions around the Earth, except for Asia. Hong Kong inhabitants will have to travel to the United States or another location as the phenomenon will not be visible from their location.
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