The moon passed through Earth’s shadow on Sunday, Sept. 27, 2015. This total, supermoon lunar eclipse 2015 was dazzling. Although this incarnation of the moon comes around only once every year, this “supermoon” eclipse was something special.
The orbit of the moon is not a circle but an oblong. At the narrow part of the oblong, known as the perigee, the Moon is 31,000 miles closer to the Earth than it is at the widest part known as the apogee. I know, scientists, can’t live with them and can’t live without them. The moon does not change in characteristic or size but it appears 14% larger and 30% brighter during the perigee or supermoon.
The last supermoon/lunar eclipse combination occurred in 1982 and the next won’t happen until 2033.
For more information visit the NASA site and read, “NASA Scientist Sheds Light on Rare Sept. 27 Supermoon Eclipse.”