2015-8-09: Get Ready: Sep 27th Lunar Eclipse -- Big & Easy ⬅︎
On September 27th, the Moon will travel through earth's shadow for the second time this year and turn deep red in color. But unlike last April's lunar eclipse, this one will occur in the evening instead of the early morning and will be 13% larger since the moon will be at perigee (closest in its orbit around earth).

If you look above, you'll see that Earth's shadow actually has two parts -- the outer penumbra (which means 'almost shadow') and the inner umbra (which means 'shadow'). The umbra is usually a deep red in color because it is the light from the sun that glances through earth's atmosphere creating all the sunrises and sunsets at the same time before coming out the other side. Cool!

Important Eclipse Times (for Starry Hill):
* 5:12 PM - P1 - Moon's leading edge contacts Penumbra. Beginning of Penumbral eclipse.

* 6:07 - U1 -Moon's leading edge contacts Umbra. Beginning of Partial Umbral eclipse.

* 7:11 - U2 - Moon's trailing edge contacts Umbra. Beginning of Total Umbral eclipse.

* 7:48 - Mid-Eclipse - Moon at closest point to center of Umbra.

* 8:23 - U3 - Moon's leading edge exits Umbra. Ending of Total Umbral eclipse.

* 9:27 - U4 - Moon's trailing edge exits Umbra. Ending of Partial Umbral eclipse.

* 10:22 - P4 - Moon's trailing edge exits Penumbra. Ending of Penumbral eclipse.

Unfortunately, the moon won't be rising until 6:54PM which means it will already be turning red before becoming visible here at Starry Hill. Those on the East Coast will be able to view the entire eclipse. Here's a video recreating this eclipse:



The next Lunar eclipse won't occur until January 31st, 2018. We'll be able to view it here at Starry Hill in the early morning hours. It won't be visible at all from the East Coast.