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
'almost shadow') and the inner umbra (which means 'shadow'). The umbra is usually a deep red in
because it is the light from the sun that glances through earth's atmosphere creating all the sunrises and
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.
Unfortunately, the moon won't be rising until 6:54PM which means it will already be turning red before
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
morning hours. It won't be visible at all from the East Coast.