Beginning September 27th, 2015 there will be a very rare event in the night sky – a supermoon lunar eclipse. Watch this animated feature to learn more.
A total lunar eclipse, known as a supermoon lunar eclipse, will be visible to observers throughout the Americas, Europe, Africa, western Asia and the eastern Pacific Ocean.
Chicago Lunar Eclipse Times September 27, 2015.
The lunar eclipse will start at 8:07 p.m. CT.
The lunar eclipse max will occur at 9:47 p.m. CT.
The lunar eclipse will end at 11:27 p.m. CT.
A supermoon lunar eclipse is defined as a lunar eclipse that occurs in the perigee of its orbit. For any satellite of Earth, including the Moon, the point of least distance is the perigee and the point of greatest distance is the apogee. The Moon actually appears bigger because it is closer to earth in perigee. In the lunar eclipse, the earth casts a shadow on the Moon. When the Moon is closer in perigee, the Earth does not block as much light as when an eclipse occurs when the Moon is further from the Sun.
The September 27-28, 2015 Total Lunar Eclipse is the fourth and final eclipse in a series of four Total Lunar Eclipses called the lunar tetrad. The first three eclipses of the tetrad took place on April 15, 2014, October 8, 2014 and on April 4, 2015.
Moon Phases for 2015 from NASA Goddard Space Flight Center Scientific Visualization Studio.
Backyard stargazers get a monthly guide to the northern hemisphere’s skywatching events with “Tonight’s Sky.” In September, view Saturn in the southwest sky after nightfall and before it sets. Constellations reference water — Aquarius, Capricornus (water goat) Mars, Venus and later Jupiter rise in the pre-dawn sky.
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