NASA has just published the space program for this September and it looks there are interesting events to await for. Here are some locations where the Supermoon and the lunar eclipse will be visible, two occurrences you definitely should not miss.
In case you haven’t yet had the opportunity to experience a Supermoon, you should know that the phenomenon is called this way due to the impressive size of the moon. The celestial body comes closer than ever to the Earth and onlookers perceive it as being 14 times bigger. The moon is also 30 times brighter, according to experts.
Supermoons are always a delight for the eye, but this year, things will be even more interesting. The event will coincide with the lunar eclipse, a rare meeting that has only happened five times by now since 1900. The Supermoon is expected to rise at 7:15 p.m. on September 27, whereas the peak of the eclipse will take place at 9:11 p.m. and will last until 10:23 p.m.
NASA has published a list of the world locations where the Supermoon and the lunar eclipse will be visible. According to their calculations, North Americans will get a full view of the event on September 27. The following day, the space phenomenon will begin to be visible from other territories, as well, mainly Europe and Africa. The degree of visibility may, nevertheless, vary, depending on weather conditions, scientists have added.
The most unfortunate populations will be those in Asia, where neither the Supermoon, nor the lunar eclipse will be visible. There may be some glimpses of it in Central Asia, but experts advise onlookers not to get their hopes too high.
Unlike solar eclipses, moon eclipses are not at all harmful to the eye. They can be watched without any special glasses or filters.
Lunar eclipses take place when the moon gets aligned with the Sun and the Earth. The shadow of the Earth falls on the moon topping it with a reddish color.
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