Via The Weather Network:

A rare perigee lunar eclipse will grace our skies on the night of Sunday, September 27 – what some are calling a ‘super blood moon.’ Here’s why it’s special, plus a look at viewing conditions and how to watch it from anywhere in the world.

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Not only will this be a total lunar eclipse, when the full moon passes directly through the darkest part of Earth’s shadow, but

  1. It will be visible, in its totality, from all of North America,
  2. It is happening on the same night as the closest full moon of the year – the ‘perigee’ full moon, and
  3. It is the final total lunar eclipse in a string of four – a tetrad.

Visible from all of Canada

Barring any cloudy skies that may block our view, this total lunar eclipse – at least in its totality – can be seen from coast to coast.

Here are the start time and finishes for the most visible portion of the eclipse – when the Moon turns red as it passes through the darkest part of Earth’s shadow – for locations across Canada.

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For anyone who wishes to watch the eclipse from start to finish – from when it slips into Earth’s penumbra until it exits fully out the other side – this will only be possible from Manitoba to Atlantic Canada, as the moon only rises after the eclipse has already begun in Saskatchewan, Alberta and British Columbia.

In Manitoba, Ontario, Quebec, and the Maritimes (and regions of the territories to the north of there), head outside roughly an hour prior to the start time and stay out for another hour afterward to catch the entire event.

From Saskatchewan (and northward), the moon rises at around 6:47 p.m., just 20 minutes before it enters the umbra.

In Alberta and B.C., the moon will already have begun passing through the umbra as it rises, however both regions will still be able to see the eclipse at totality.

The rest of North America, all of South America, western regions of Europe and Africa, as well as anyone on or above the Atlantic Ocean will also have a spectacular view of the event.

Watch it for yourself

As with most of these skywatching events, seeing them with your own eyes, from your backyard or a nearby Dark Sky Preserve, is certainly the preferred way. However, while the astronomy part is definitely cooperating to give many a great show, the meteorology may not be so accommodating for some.

Watch it live from anywhere in the world

If rain or clouds end up blocking your view of this eclipse, or if you happen to be in a part of the world that won’t have a good vantage point to see it, there’s still hope!

The Slooh Community Observatory is hosting a show via the web, starting at 8 p.m. EDT, to highlight this Rare Mega Harvest Moon Eclipse.

We’re supposed to have nice clear skies here in Gold River tonight, so get your lawn chairs and blankets out!


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