Hallie’s Hints: A Lunar Eclipse and Super Moon in the same night!?! What more could we ask for?

Get ready for an event this Sunday (September 27th) that has not been seen in over 30 years! Yes, we’re talking about a lunar eclipse and super moon… together… on the same night!


A total lunar eclipse occurs when the earth is positioned between the full moon and the sun. The moon passes through the darkest part of the earth’s shadow. The Earth’s shadow covers the moon completely but still allows a bit of reddish sunlight to reach the moon giving it a red hue. This is where the nickname “blood” moon originates. The moon becomes a super moon when it travels closer to the Earth than usual. It appears about 14% larger, but is not physically larger.


Photo Credit:  www.CBSNEWS.com

If you are interested in witnessing this phenomenon in Kansas City… the total lunar eclipse will take place around 9:11 pm this Sunday. Refer to the chart below for additional information on timing:


Key Times for Total Lunar Eclipse, Sept. 27–28, 2015
Eclipse event UT (GMT)
Penumbra first visible? 00:40 8:40 p.m. 7:40 p.m.
Partial eclipse begins 01:07 9:07 p.m. 8:07 p.m. 7:07 p.m.
Total eclipse begins 02:11 10:11 p.m. 9:11 p.m. 8:11 p.m. 7:11 p.m.
Mid-eclipse 02:47 10:47 p.m. 9:47 p.m. 8:47 p.m. 7:47 p.m.
Total eclipse ends 03:23 11:23 p.m. 10:23 p.m. 9:23 p.m. 8:23 p.m.
Partial eclipse ends 04:27 12:27 a.m. 11:27 p.m. 10:27 p.m. 9:27 p.m.
Penumbra last visible? 04:55 12:55 a.m. 11:55 p.m. 10:55 p.m. 9:55 p.m.

Just how rare of an event is this? According to NASA there have only been five times this exact event has happened since 1900. If you miss it this time, you’ll have to wait until the year 2033 to see it again!
The good news is unlike a solar eclipse, you don’t need any special glasses to view it… in fact, you should be able to see it without binoculars or even a telescope!
So far so good on our forecast… we’re looking for mostly clear skies and cool temperatures. We’ll be watching that forecast closely! Enjoy!

If you snap a great picture of the moon/lunar eclipse… email it to us a yourphotos@KCTV5.com and we’ll try to include it in future newscasts!
Meteorologist Hallie Shulman
Weekend Morning Meteorologist


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