SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – This Sunday night you may want to get out and take a look at the full harvest moon but it’s not just a regular full moon.
The combination of the supermoon and lunar eclipse is happening for the first time in 30 years. The full moon will appear 14 percent larger and 33 percent brighter as it makes its closest orbit around the Earth.
But because the Earth will be lined up directly between the sun and the moon a lunar eclipse will also take place Sunday night. Here in the Northeast we’ll be able to see a total lunar eclipse.
“And during totality the moon will become a dim, grayish, orange color, very eerie and strange to see the full moon change like that and because we’re looking at the moon you don’t have to worry about filters or eye safety like you do during a solar eclipse,” said Richard Sanderson of the Springfield Science Museum.
Some people are hoping to be able to see the supermoon and lunar eclipse if the weather cooperates. “I remember doing it as a kid. I don’t know if my 4-year-old is up I’ll take him out and show it to him, hopefully the skies will be clear,” said John Anderson of Longmeadow.
The partial lunar eclipse will start just after 9 p.m., the total lunar eclipse will begin just after 10 p.m. and it will all be over around 12:30 Monday morning.
The next time there will be a supermoon and lunar eclipse at the same time will be in 2033.
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