Super Blood Moon Not to be Missed on September 28
If you look up at the sky at 1:11 a.m. on Monday morning, September 28, you will see something that hasn’t been seen since 1983 and won’t be seen again until October 8, 2033. Not only will there be a full moon, but at this time a total eclipse will begin creating what is commonly known as a blood moon.
During the April lunar eclipse the moon was almost at its furthest point from Earth, also known as apogee. This moon though will be at its closest point to earth, called perigee. Because of this it will be in its brightest phase and look 30% brighter and 14% larger than it did in April.
The light from the sun passing behind earth goes through the atmosphere and gives the moon a red tint which is why it is commonly known as the ‘Blood Moon’. More scientifically though it is referred to as Rayleigh Scattering which explains the colours that appear during sunrise and sunset.
Monday’s blood moon will complete the tetrad series of 4 total lunar eclipses that have been appearing since April 15, 2014. Thankfully for viewers, this one can be viewed with the naked eye and can be seen from the America’s, Europe, Africa, West Asia and the east Pacific.
While this specific ‘Blood Moon’ is especially noted by some self proclaimed prophets as the end of the world, there is something outstandingly beautiful and humbling about witnessing this Super Blood Moon. If the world doesn’t end, watch this year’s last eclipse via Slooh’s community observatory telescopes which can be seen on a screen from the comfort of your warm home. There will also be live reportage from Stonehenge.