Rare Supermoon-Lunar Eclipse Coming This September
There's a big show coming in the night sky later this month. Get ready to experience a rare supermoon lunar eclipse. Details when to look have been released by NASA.
Northern Illinois and Southern Wisconsin will experience a rare supermoon lunar eclipse Sunday, September 27. This cosmic, out of this world event, last happened in 1982.
On the night of September 27, the two periodic events -- supermoons and lunar eclipses -- will happen at the same time which is a rare coincidence.
A supermoon occurs when a full moon happens when it is at the closest point in its elliptical orbit around Earth, making the full moon appear up to 14% larger and brighter than usual. A lunar eclipse occurs when the moon passes into Earth's shadow, often turning a blood red color.
This partial lunar eclipse is set to begin at 8:07 p.m. Rockford time and will be visible to most people in the Americas, Europe, Africa and the Middle East, according to ABC TV. The total lunar eclipse begins at 10:11 p.m. Rockford time.
You won't want to miss this event. The next supermoon lunar eclipse won't come around until 2033.