The three events are of course a full moon, at its closest point to earth this year (making it a "supermoon") and a somewhat rare total eclipse of that supermoon. The supermoon is up to 14% larger and 33% brighter than a "normal" full moon. The lunar eclipse occurs when the earth, sun, and moon all line up, with the earth between the sun and moon, thereby casting it's shadow on the moon. The event is sometimes referred to as a "blood moon," as the shadow cast by earth will actually make the moon a coppery red color, not completely darken it.
|Diagram from TimeandDate.com showing how a "blood moon" is created.|
Watch below for a video describing the event:
Here's a graphic showing the times the event will take place. Note that they are in Eastern Daylight Time. It will take place one hour earlier in the Mid-South - partial eclipse begins at 8:07pm, total eclipse occurs from 9:11-10:23pm, and the completion of the eclipse will be at 11:27pm.
So what are our chances of observing this celestial trip of events? Unfortunately not as high as I would hope. I don't believe the entire sky will be overcast, but there could be enough clouds to veil the event and occasionally blot it out completely. So, you may have to check regularly to see if you can catch a glimpse. If you can't see it, you can watch a live webcast of the event at Sky & Telescope.
|Forecast cloud cover from the GFS model for Sunday evening. You may have to check regularly for breaks in the clouds to be able to see the eclipse Sunday evening. Graphic courtesy WeatherBell Analytics.|
Additional resources for information:
Sky & Telescope
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