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What’s Special About This Month’s Full Moon? Tonight’s the Night. Read On…

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Sep 272015
 

Screen Shot 2015-09-26 at 10.30.22 AMThe September full moon, known as the Full Corn Moon or Harvest Moon is the third in the trifecta of “supermoons” this year. This is the one we’ve been waiting for, not only is it closest to earth than any other this year [completely full at 10:50:31 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 27] but it also will put on a show by appearing copper colored with a total eclipse.

So You Understand

The website http://www.fullmoon.info/ explains the phenomenon

During a lunar eclipse, the moon moves through the shadow of the Earth. Which means, that the Earth is positioned quite exactly between the Sun and Moon and casts its shadow onto the Moon. This is only possible at full moon and if some other requirements are met. Depending on whether the Moon passes the partial or the core shadow of the Earth, we speak of a partial or total lunar eclipse.

The copper-colored moon
When the moon touches the core shadow of the earth, the first parts of the moon surface begin to darken. If you would actually stand on the moon, you would experience a total solar eclipse! As soon as the moon immerses completely in the core shadow, the surface of the moon begins to glow copper red. Towards the centre of the core shadow, the light fades and turns dark red to brownish grey.

About the visibility
This total lunar eclipse will only be visible in Europe, Africa and in most parts of America. In the Near and Middle East and parts of Asia, you can only see the beginning of the lunar eclipse, shortly before sunrise. In Australia and Hawaii, it will not be visible at all.

Using New York as the closest reference point, here is what moon gazers can expect on Sunday night:

Here the exact course with times:
• Moonrise: Sunday, 06:36 pm
• Sunset: Sunday, 06:45 pm
• Beginning of the total eclipse: Sunday, 10:11:10 pm 
• Maximum of the total eclipse: Sunday, 10:47:08 pm 
• Full moon: Sunday, 10:50:31 pm (EDT)
• End of the total eclipse: Sunday, 11:23:05 pm

Enjoy! And if you snap any photos of this event, send them to orangectlive01@gmail.com so we can share them. (Please include your name and town)

Photo taken from Orange Town library parking lot just before dusk. Submitted by Danielle Barnick of Orange CT.

Photo taken from Orange Town library parking lot just before dusk. Submitted by Danielle Barnick of Orange CT.

Originally Published on: Sep 26, 2015 @ 10:38