Oh please, pretty please, Seattle. Please keep your current forecast that promises sunshine and clear skies for this coming Sunday. I want to see the supermoon lunar eclipse!
I’ve been reading a articles, trying to pick up a few photography tips for the big show. Of course the biggest tip–and the biggest challenge here in Washington State with the Cascade Mountain range looming in the eastern skies–is “find a good view of the east horizon.” For those of us who dwell on the west coast, the moon will just be rising (you lucky east coasters!!) so scoring a spot to actually see the moon could be problematic.
A supermoon lunar eclipse is a rare occurrence. There have only been five since 1900 (in 1910, 1928, 1946, 1964 and 1982). The next supermoon eclipse won’t take place until 2033.
A supermoon occurs when a new or full moon is at its closest to the Earth. The full moon on September 27, is the closet full moon of the year. The supermoon eclipse will last 1 hour and 11 minutes, and will be visible to North and South America, Europe, Africa, and parts of West Asia and the eastern Pacific, according to NASA. Weather permitting, the supermoon will be visible after nightfall, and the eclipse will cast it into shadow beginning at 8:11 p.m. ET. The total eclipse starts at 10:11 p.m. ET, peaking at 10:47 p.m. ET. For those of us on the west coast, subtract three hours.
So get your binoculars, telescopes and cameras ready for the show. All fingers and paws are crossed at our house that we’ll be able to see it!
Take the road less traveled, Beth