Don’t Miss Supermoon’s Total Lunar Eclipse This Weekend


total lunar eclipse

Are you ready for Supermoon?

On this Sunday, if you find yourself in Europe, Africa, North or South America, you’ll be able to catch the moon in total eclipse especially if you can capture a view of the dark and clear sky.

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The last time this unique type of full moon occurred was back in 1982 and it most likely won’t happen again until 2033. On Sunday, you will witness the full moon at its closest point to the Earth during its monthly orbit while it also experiences a total lunar eclipse.

Experts predict the partial eclipse will kick off around 8L11 p.m. ET followed by the peak of total eclipse will start at 10:47 p.m. ET.

In an official statement released by NASA, it says:

Throughout human history, lunar eclipses have been viewed with awe and sometimes fear. Today, we know that a total lunar eclipse happens when the full moon passes through the darkest part of Earth’s shadow, the umbra.

What you can expect to see during the total lunar eclipse is a larger moon, glowing at 30% brighter than normal in a red color due to the sunlight shining through the Earth’s atmosphere and onto the moon which will have a diameter 14% larger than when it is at the farthest point from the Earth.

NASA lunar total eclipse

According to another statement, Dawn Meyer, Operations Planner at NASA, explains its Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter’s work:

We have a method and it works well. It’s always stressful during the approach of the eclipse, but we follow the same procedures every time and we haven’t had any trouble.

While engineers will seek to protect the solar-powered spacecraft during the eclipse, scientists will use the eclipse to take special measurements of the moon by taking its surface temperature as it enters the dark so they can gather more information regarding the moon’s structure and its formation.

Wherever you’ll be this weekend, make sure to look up, take a moment and gaze into the wonders of our solar system.

Photos: NASA

Source: Wired. Additional reporting by Jetset Times.

Where will you be during this weekend’s total lunar eclipse? Let us know in the comments.



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