A rare cosmic event will take place later this month, when people will witness the total lunar eclipse of a supermoon for the first time in more than 30 years.
The wild occurance, the first since 1982, will take place on Sept. 27 — and won’t happen again until 2033, according to NASA.
A supermoon is when the moon could appear up to 14% larger and up to 30% brighter, because it coincides with its perigree — the point in the lunar orbit when it’s closest to Earth.
During a total lunar eclipse, the moon passes through the Earth’s shadow — which blocks the sunlight reflecting off the moon, making it turn a reddish hue.
Dr. Jackie Faherty — research scientist at the American Museum of Natural History and astronomer at Carnegie Institution for Science in Washington, D.C. — said just how red the moon turns depends on several variables.
Sometimes referred to a “blood moon,” the intensity of the moon’s color during the event depends on the particles in the atmosphere.
“If there is a really good volcanic eruption, then you will get a deep red color,” she said.
The event will be visible from the Americas on the evening of Sept. 27 and across Europe and Africa in the early morning of Sept. 28, according to NASA.
“You won’t need special equipment to see it. Just go outside and look up!,” NASA said in a statement.
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SOURCE: NY Daily News, Nicole Bitette