This “blood moon” total lunar eclipse will start to have a super-moon in partial eclipse (penumbra) at 7:11 PM Central Daylight Time on Sunday 9/27/2015 for Yucatan Peninsula viewers.
With moon-rise at 6:30 pm, and sunset at 6:40, we should have a fine FULL eclipse starting at 9:11 pm CDT of umbra (total eclipse) for 1 hr 10 minutes of viewing from 9:11 – 10:23 on Sunday evening (CDT – Yucatan) … peaking at 9:47. After 10:23, the moon then shifts back to penumbra until 11:27 pm CDT.
Let’s hope for clear skies next Sunday evening, since the next super-moon total lunar eclipse will not happen until 2033** – as lunar eclipses rarely happen when the moon is at the triple-event of simultaneously:
~ Moving through its closest point to the earth (perigee)
+ being “full” (syzygy – with sun/earth/moon in a line)
+ having the moon fall totally inside the shadow cast by the earth (umbra => total lunar eclipse).
This unique combination of celestial positions happens roughly just 5 times a century.
**The three 2033 Total Lunar Eclipses (including the super-moon total eclipse) … will not be visible from the USA or Yucatan.
So set aside this coming Sunday evening … just after sunset … for what will be the final chance for many of us to see this unique combination of heavenly bodies in our lifetime.
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