Astronomical Event of the Year: Supermoon Total Lunar Eclipse

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Astronomical Event of the Year: Supermoon Total Lunar Eclipse

Categories: Blog, Newsworthy

A rare supermoon total lunar eclipse is coming this month, and the dark skies of Powell Gardens afford the perfect spot to watch the stellar event unfold. It is the first supermoon total lunar eclipse since 1982 and the last until 2033. Sunday’s supermoon eclipse is only the fifth since 1900. Catch the first one of the 21st century during a special viewing on Sunday, Sept. 27!

(Photo by Richard Sanderson)

A supermoon is a full moon or new moon that appears larger than normal because of the moon’s closest approach to earth along its elliptical orbit. This one also will be a complete lunar eclipse, causing the moon to appear blood red. And what’s more, this will be visible at a convenient time — early evening on a weekend. How perfect is that?

The astronomy program starts at 6:45 p.m. with a short introduction by the astronomers followed by a beautiful, full moon rising at 6:59 p.m. and a breathtaking sunset at 7:06 p.m. Shortly after, the main event begins. Don’t be late.

Registration continues through Thursday, Sept. 24. To reserve your spot, register online or call Linda at 816-697-2600 ext. 209.