Tuesday, September 8, 2015

Big, Red Moon

Much of North America will be treated to a lunar eclipse on the night of September 27 to September 28. Europeans and Africans will also get in on the show, and so will most of South America.

This should be a particularly spectacular eclipse because the moon will also be at perigee - which with its orbit and proximity makes it appear noticeably larger. (A so called "supermoon.")

So, mark your calendars for some moon viewing time. (Lunar eclipses used to be considered ill omens because of the bloody color the moon turns - actually a result of refraction of sunlight by the earth's atmosphere).