Supermoon and total lunar eclipse tonight over Metro Vancouver

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An exceptionally rare celestial phenomenon is taking place this Sunday, September 27: a supermoon and total lunar eclipse will happen at the exact same time.

Supermoons occur between three to six times a year and gives the moon an appearance that is 14 per cent larger and 30 per cent ‘brighter’ than normal full moons. A total lunar eclipse occurs up to four times a year, when the moon directly passes into Earth’s shadow and transitions into a red shade of colour.

Schedule for Sunday evening’s supermoon lunar eclipse over Metro Vancouver (PST):

  • Partial eclipse begins: 5:11 p.m. (not visible, below horizon at this time)
  • Partial eclipse begins: 6:07 p.m. (not visible, below horizon at this time)
  • Moonrise: 6:58 p.m.
  • Sunset: 7 p.m.
  • Total eclipse begins: 7:11 p.m.
  • Maximum eclipse: 7:47 p.m.
  • Supermoon full moon: 7:50 p.m.
  • End of partial eclipse: 9:27 p.m.
  • Moonset: 7:48 a.m.

For more details, read more about the supermoon and lunar eclipse double header here.


Image: Lunar Eclipse / Shutterstock