Let It All Bleed Out
2015 Supermoon ~ Blood Moon
It's a rare occurrence tonight -- a Supermoon combines with a total lunar eclipse.
The result: Blood Moon 2015.
(A full moon with a full lunar eclipse often looks like it has an orange color, thus some people call it a blood moon.)
Sunday's supermoon moon has something for everyone.
Not only will it be a blood moon and a harvest moon, but it will also coincide with a full lunar eclipse.
As if that weren't enough, it will also be the closest moon to Earth in 2015 -- a supermoon.
The moon's nearness will make it appear 14 percent larger and 30 percent brighter in the sky than a full moon at its farthest point from Earth, according to NASA.v
Here are the CDT times to know for prime skywatching:
- The moon will rise around 6:30 p.m. CDT Sunday in Alabama and hit peak fullness at 9:50 p.m.
- The lunar eclipse will begin at 8:07 p.m. CDT.
- The total eclipse will begin at 9:11 p.m. CDT.
- The moment of greatest eclipse will be at 9:47 p.m. CDT.
- The total eclipse ends 10:23 p.m. CDT.
- The partial eclipse ends 11:27 p.m. CDT
- The moon will set between 7-7:15 a.m. CDT on Monday.
On the East Coast, "The moon enters Earth's full shadow, called the umbra, starting at 9:07 p.m. EDT (6:07 p.m. PDT). The total eclipse begins at 10:11 p.m. EDT (7:11 p.m. PDT). Totality lasts an hour and 12 minutes, at which point a bright sliver of the moon will emerge and grow," according to livescience.com.
On the west coast, Californians can start watching when the moon rises at around 7 p.m. Pacific Time. The total lunar eclipse starts at 7:11 p.m. and ends at 8:23 p.m.
Although Sunday's moon will be the closest one to Earth, it will also appear full for the next few nights as well.
So get your camera, or telescope, or just you eyes ready - this one should be a beauty
Here's a few pics of recent blood moons that I've taken.