Rare ‘Harvest Supermoon’ Makes for a Super Eclipse September 27

Next Sunday night, September 27-28, a full supermoon will step into Earth's shadow for a beautiful total eclipse. The event occurs during convenient evening viewing across the Americas. Credit: Jim Schaff

On Sunday night, September 27-28, the full supermoon will step into Earth’s shadow making for a beautiful total eclipse. The event occurs during convenient evening viewing hours across the Americas. Credit: Jim Schaff

Get set for a superlative eclipse. On Sunday night, September 27 in the Americas (early Monday morning for Europe and Africa) the Full Moon will slide into Earth’s shadow in total eclipse. This is no ordinary Full Moon. It’s the Harvest Moon, the full Moon that occurs closest to the autumnal equinox.

It also happens to reach perigee — its closest point to the Earth — on the very same night, making this a supermoon eclipse. Oh, and this is no ordinary perigee. It so happens to be the closest Full Moon of 2015! Supermoon eclipses are rare; the last one occurred in 1982 and the next won’t happen till 2033.(…)
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