For the first time since 1982, we will witness a rare Supermoon Lunar Eclipse this Sunday. A few spots in Western New York will be holding mass viewings, including Penn Dixie Site.
What makes this particular eclipse so special is that fact that it will be a Supermoon. This means that the moon will be the closest to the Earth in it’s orbit, causing the moon to appear 14% larger, and up to 30% brighter in the sky. Although the eclipse is the main event, skygazers will also have plenty more to look at.
“When that moon starts to come up, Saturn will be going down.” explains Richard Switzer, a local astronomer. “So we’ll have my bigger telescope that’s in my truck, putting that on Saturn, and these other guys will be doing other constellations and nebulae that we’ll be able to see. And hopefully, because the moon is so bright, when we get that total eclipse, it will make it dark enough that we might even see Uranus.”
The eclipse begins at 9:07 PM Sunday night, but will be in full eclipse between 10:11 and 11:23. Between those times, you can expect to see the full moon glowing red in the Earth’s shadow.