Total Eclipse of the Moon for the evening of September 27, 2015
This weekend’s full Moon is a supermoon, the biggest and brightest full Moon of the year. And it is going to be eclipsed. On Sunday evening, Sept. 27th, the supermoon will pass through the shadow of Earth, turning the lunar disk a coppery shade of red.
The total eclipse of the Moon on September 27 and 28th as seen from start to finish this September. Europe and the middle East will see totality as well. East Asia, Australia and most of the Pacific will be in daylight. The animation is set at a rate of one frame per minute.
The next total eclipse of the Moon will be on the morning of January 31, 2018 which will be centered over the Pacific Ocean; thus, the western half of the US (more or less) will see totality with only a partial east of the Mississippi River.
Sky watchers in the Americas, Europe, Africa, and eastern parts of Asia can see the event. The next total eclipse of the Moon won’t come until January 31, 2018, so if you live in the eclipse zone, check it out.
What makes the eclipsed Moon turn red? A quick trip to the Moon provides the answer: Imagine yourself standing on a dusty lunar plain looking up at the sky. Overhead hangs Earth, nightside down, completely hiding the sun behind it. The eclipse is underway.
You might expect Earth seen in this way to be utterly dark, but it’s not. The rim of the planet looks like it is on fire. As you scan your eye around Earth’s circumference, you’re seeing every sunrise and every sunset in the world, all of them, all at once. This incredible light beams into the heart of Earth’s shadow, filling it with a coppery glow and transforming the Moon into a great red orb