This Sunday night/Monday morning (September 27th-28th, 2015) there will be a supermoon lunar eclipse. Now, you might be asking yourself, “What is a supermoon lunar eclipse?” It’s a rare event in which three different factors come together:
- There is a full moon.
- The moon is at its closest point to the Earth, making it look larger and brighter. This is called a “lunar perigee.”
- There is a lunar eclipse, which is when the Earth is directly between the sun and the moon. When a lunar eclipse occurs, you can see the Earth’s shadow move across the moon. But instead of just appearing dark, the moon actually looks reddish, because of how light moves through the Earth’s atmosphere.
A “supermoon” occurs when there is a full moon (#1) and a lunar perigee (#2) at the same time. But this coming Sunday night/Monday morning, the supermoon will also happen at the same time as a full lunar eclipse (#3). So it is called a “supermoon lunar eclipse.”
Check out this video, which gives a great overview of the supermoon lunar eclipse:
In Madrid, the lunar eclipse will begin at 2:11am on Monday, September 28th and will end at 7:22am that same morning. The full eclipse will happen at 4:47am. While many of us will probably be sleeping for most of the eclipse, see if you can catch a glimpse of it because it won’t happen again until 2033!