Don’t Miss the Upcoming Supermoon Eclipse
For the first time in thirty years, people around the world will have a chance to witness an eclipse of the supermoon. Mark your calendar for Sunday, September 27th, and be sure not to miss this chance for an adventure.
A supermoon is larger and brighter than the usual moon we see in the night sky because it’s at the closest point of orbit with Earth. It’s quite rare on its own account, as it only appears once a year. When you add in the addition of the eclipse that will happen that night, you have an amazing chance to witness history taking place.
There won’t be another supermoon eclipse until the year 2033. The last occurrence was in 1982. So, if you missed that one, you might want to stay up a little later to see this one.
What does this mean for Las Vegas residents?
Sunday night’s forecast calls for partly cloudy conditions. Let’s hope this doesn’t get in the way of our viewing pleasure!
From start to finish, this show in the night sky will last 5 hours and 11 minutes. The event will begin at approximately 5:11 PM on Sunday, September 27, 2015, but you won’t be able to see much of anything at this time. The total eclipse will begin at approximately 7:11 PM. At this time, the moon should show full red and be close to the horizon.
The eclipse will reach maximum at approximately 7:47 PM. The total moon eclipse will end around 8:23 PM. If you plan to see it through until the end, plan on being around until approximately 10:22 PM.
You don’t need any special gear to see the moon on this night. So, grab a lawn chair or a blanket and spend some time outside. The temperatures should be in the high 70’s to low 80’s that night. Should be a comfortable evening to gather with some friends and family to witness this amazing event.
Watching the Eclipse Online
Because the beginning of the total eclipse won’t be seen by Las Vegas residents, you may want to watch part of it online. There are several websites that will offer a live stream of the supermoon eclipse.
Broadcasting from the Marshall Space Flight Center in Alabama, NASA TV will stream from 5 PM – 8:30 PM. Viewers can use Twitter and the hashtag #AskNASA to ask questions. These questions will be answered by a solar physicist at NASA.
Other sites that will offer a live stem and commentary include Slooh, Sky and Telescope, and Virtual Telescope.