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Watch The Moon Disappear Before Your Eyes—Don’t Miss This Sunday’s Total Lunar Eclipse!
Posted on Tuesday, September 22, 2015 by eNature

There’s a total lunar eclipse happening across all of North America the night of Sunday, September 27th. 

A total lunar eclipse occurs when the full Moon passes through the dark inner core of the Earth’s shadow, which is called the umbra.

In recent years, the term Blood Moon has become popular when referring to total lunar eclipses. When the Earth eclipses a full Moon, the direct sunlight is blocked, but the sun’s rays still light up the moon. This light, however, has traveled through the Earth’s atmosphere first, and that sometimes causes the totally eclipsed Moon to look red or brownish.

It Starts Not Long After Dinner
The eclipse will start to be noticeable a bit after 8:00 PM ET (it actually begins at 8:11 PM) when the Moon’s leading edge enters Earth’s penumbra, the outer portion of its shadow.

Initially the affect is not especially noticeable — you won’t start to see a dusky fringe along the Moon’s leading edge (known to astronomers as its “celestial east”) until the the moon intrudes about halfway across the penumbra. As the Moon glides deeper into the penumbra and approaches the umbra, the shading effect of the Earth’s shadow on the appearance of the moon becomes much more obvious.

The total eclipse begins at 9:11 PM ET when the moon is completely within the Earth’s shadow. 

From the Moon’s perspective, the Sun remains completely hidden for 59 minutes, ending at 11:23. From Earth’s perspective, the lunar disk isn’t completely blacked out but instead remains dimly lit by a deep orange or red glow— but it’s easy to think the moon’s completely missing if you don’t look closely.

You can do the math and see the timing is a little less friendly for readers on the west coast. 

Watch Online If Your Local Weather Doesn’t Cooperate
If the weather isn’t so nice, or you just prefer to watch from bed, SLOOH will broadcast a live webcast of the total lunar eclipse. The webcast will start at 6:00 PM. EDT and you can watch it by clicking here.

Regardless of the hour, you’ll not regret making time to catch one of nature’s best shows!

What are your plans for watching the eclipse?  We’re planning to keep the kids up here…


NASA has posted a great video explaining all the details this month's lunar ecllipse »

Here's a link to SLOOH's webcast of the eclipse, which commences at 6:00 PM Eastern time. »

(8) CommentsPermalink


The problem with this is that the moon never disappears.  It gets dark, turns colors, but never disappears.  Maybe it’s because I’m red/green color blind, but I’ve always been disappointed with lunar eclipses.

Posted by Steve on 9/15

I agree, Steve, I’ve always found lunar eclipses a bit disappointing myself. But it’s still a neat phenomenon and a good reason to sit outside with the family after dark and enjoy the night sky.

Posted by Karen on 9/24

I am in India, My town is ALLAHABAD (Uttar Pradesh). Can I see the lunar eclipse?

Posted by YOGENDRA SRIVASTAV on 9/26

Blue-tailed Mole Skink,
I found this site by googling “blue tail lizard in Florida”.  I live in Hillsborough County and had never seen one of these before, very pretty, if you can call a lizard pretty.  I’m not much of a lizard fan myself at least not on my screened in porch.
I found the info very interesting thank you for the information.

Posted by brensch on 9/26

To Steve:  The miracles of nature, without the contemporary human understanding, are just that—miracles to be exploited by shamans and feared by the ordinary people.  The real miracle is that all the striking natural phenomena, and even the day-to-day stuff, like pollination, occur according to amazingly complicated natural laws, and miraculously(?) laws that have been discovered by the incredible, spectacular force of human intelligence.  The real miracle is not the eclipse, it is that we see, appreciate, and understand the eclipse.  Wow!

Posted by Charles on 9/27

@ brensch I saw my first and only blue tailed mole skinks in South Carolina when staying at a friends house in the Northwestern corner of the state when I was there about 17 years ago.

They are one of the lizards that can lose their tail and grow it back.  So some of the ones I saw had long tails and some had shorter ones.

Caught my first and only chameleon there, remember being so excited to show the kids, but when they know you are not going to harm them they won’t change color!  I was so bummed.

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