#LunarEclipse set to peak at 7:47p on Sun 9/27 | 1st in more than 3 decades #NASA #GriffithObservatory
Sunday’s supermoon eclipse will last 1 hour and 11 minutes, and will be visible to North and South America, Europe, Africa, and parts of West Asia and the eastern Pacific. Weather permitting, you can see the supermoon after nightfall, and the eclipse will cast it into shadow beginning at 5:11 p.m. PDT. The total eclipse starts at 7:11 p.m. PDT, peaking at 7:47 p.m. PDT. It will be the first supermoon eclipse since 1982, and the last until 2033.
Watch NASA’s live stream from 5:00 p.m. until at least 8:30 p.m. PDT broadcast from Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Ala., with a live feed from the Griffith Observatory, Los Angeles, Calif. Mitzi Adams, a NASA solar physicist at Marshall will discuss the eclipse and answer questions from Twitter. To ask a question, use #askNASA.
"Supermoons" occur because the moon's orbit around Earth is elliptical rather than circular. While the moon's average distance from our planet is about 239,000 miles (384,600 kilometers), the natural satellite roams as far away as 252,000 miles (405,600 km) at "apogee" and gets as close as 226,000 miles (363,700 km) at "perigee."