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Supermoon Lunar Eclipse Monday Morning

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Supermoon Lunar Eclipse Monday Morning

Photo from Stjörnufræðivefurinn, stjornufraedi.is.

Keep your eyes on the sky between midnight and 3:30 am Monday morning, September 28. There will be a total lunar eclipse, according to the Astronomy Website, stjornufraedi.is. The entire eclipse will be visible from Iceland, provided the weather cooperates. This time, the total lunar eclipse will coincide with a supermoon.

Get yourself ready Sunday night, because the eclipse begins shortly after midnight, at 0:12, but the total eclipse will occur from 2:11 until 3:23. At that point, the moon will be red in color. Neither binoculars nor eye protection are needed to enjoy it; you can simply watch it with your bare eyes. Because this eclipse occurs on the day of the year when the moon is the closest to earth, and, therefore, the largest, it will be a so-called supermoon. Since the year 1900, only five supermoon lunar eclipses have occurred, the last one in 1982, and the next one won’t happen until 2033.

A lunar eclipse takes place when the sun, earth, and moon form an almost straight line. It only happens when the moon is full and in the earth’s shadow. The last time a total lunar eclipse was visible from Iceland was December 21, 2010. The next lunar eclipse visible from Iceland will be January 21, 2019.

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