Supermoon, full lunar eclipse Sunday night

COLUMBUS, Ohio (WCMH)–If the clouds depart in time Sunday evening, we should be able to view the full lunar eclipse for 72 minutes, between 10:11 p.m. and 11:23 p.m. (totality at 10:47 p.m.).

This is also a supermoon–a full moon (or new moon) closest to Earth–that will make the sight even more spectacular, because the full moon will appear to be 14 percent larger than usual. The other bonus is a reddish or coppery hue of the moon evident during a total lunar eclipse–called a blood moon–caused by the bending of sunlight from all Earth’s sunrises and sunsets.

For a little more than an hour, the full moon will all but disappear behind Earth, covered by a shadow, before re-emerging as the moves travels from west-to-east.  The lunar eclipse ends at 1:22 a.m., after a little more than four hours.

Dr. Wayne, Schlingman, director of the Arne Slettebak Planetarium at Ohio State, explained that “the moon is going to look like a complete bite has been taken out of it, a little bit like when you take a bite out of an Oreo cookie.”

The next full lunar eclipse visible in Ohio will not occur until 2018, so (weather permitting) enjoy the view Sunday night.

If you are wondering, the next time a full lunar eclipse occurs during a supermoon is 2033.

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