Watch Super Blood Moon Today, and Take Photos For NASA!
The extra-terrestrial will happening in the space from today’s night until early Monday morning. After last Perseids Meteor Shower occurred on last July-August 2015, now its Supermoon Lunar Eclipse or Super Blood Moon will show its form. Super Blood Moon is a rare and historical phenomenon which happened only five times since 1900’s. The last time Super Blood Moon was happened on 1982 and after today, people have to wait until 2033 to see it again. As most crops ripen all at once during late summer and early autumn, farmers had to work later on the day and before light bulbs, they used moonlight to harvest. Thus the full moon during this season is named as Harvest Moon.
As moon revolves around the earth, there are places, where the earth appears close to the moon. This position is called Perigee and the moon’s position farthest from the earth is termed as Apogee. During the Perigee, the moon appears 14% bigger and coined as Super Moon as it is close to the earth.
As shown on picture above, there are a moment when the moon passes directly behind the Earth into its shadow (Lunar eclipse). That phenomenon is called Lunar Eclipse when the moon seemly hidden as it pass through the earth’s shadow. As the moon enters the earth’s shade, it will start turning into a red tint because the earth appears to fully cover up the sun, and give a golden-red color from the sun at the edges as if it catches fire. As posted on NASA’s blog, here’s a full schedule of the Super Blood Moon :
The eclipse starts at 27th September, 9:07 p.m. EST and lasts for 3 hour and 18 minutes. The total eclipse begins at 10:11 p.m. and continues for 1 hour and and 12 minutes until early hours of Monday morning. Super Blood Moon is visible from Americas, Europe and Africa. However, people can also watch the rare phenomenon on NASA Television, which shows the live feed from NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center.
To make it more interesting, NASA conducting a photo contest. The contest invites people to sent the best image of the Super Blood Moon on NASA Facebook page with hashtag #SuperBloodMoon. The great photos will be highlight on NASA’s Facebook page gallery and fans will vote their favorite photos. The winner will be highlighted on NASA’s main social media channels and on the NASA.gov website.