Blood Moon/Supermoon Lunar Eclipse 2015 Live Stream: NASA, Slooh Coverage OnlinePosted: September 27, 2015
Tonight’s the night — a rare blood moon total lunar eclipse.
And you can watch it all live, as the supermoon turns blood red tonight during a total lunar eclipse September 2015.
Others will be live streaming it as well (see the end of this post for links to your favorite blood moon (supermoon) lunar eclipse live streams and feeds.
The supermoon will rise at about 6:30 p.m. CDT across Alabama. (Get moonrise times for other locations throughout the United States here.) The lunar eclipse will begin at 8:07 p.m. CDT (or 9:07 p.m. EDT and 6:07 p.m. PDT).
The total eclipse will last over a hour and begin at 9:11 p.m. CDT (or 10:11 p.m. EDT or 7:11 p.m. PDT)
Not only will there be an eclipse, but the moon will also be about 14 percent bigger and 30 percent brighter than usual — a supermoon.
Supermoons are not not rare. In fact this is the fifth one in 2015 alone. But Sunday’s moon will be the closest to Earth in all of 2015, coming within 221,753 miles of our planet.
Tonight’s supermoon is rare because of its timing with the total lunar eclipse. The last time it happened was in 1982, and the next time it will happen will be in 2033.
This eclipse will also bring about the fourth and final blood moon of a lunar tetrad that began in 2014. (A lunar tetrad is used to describe four total lunar eclipses in a row, separated by six lunar months or six full moons).
So it will be a skywatcher’s extravaganza. But what if the weather doesn’t cooperate?
There are many opportunities to view the eclipse online tonight.
The Marshall Space Flight Center plans to offer views of the eclipse from the Griffith Observatory in Los Angeles, the Adler Planetarium in Chicago, the Fernbank Observatory in Atlanta and other locations across the United States.
Here are other places to view the eclipse as well:
Slooh Community Observatory
Slooh’s webcast will start at 7 p.m. CDT and will offer eclipse views from three countries, including Stonehenge in England.
Sky & Telescope
Sky & Telescope is an astronomy magazine that will begin its webcast at 8 p.m. CDT. It will also feature expert astrophotographers and special guests including a lunar geologist, a MIT geophysicist and a space historian.
The Virtual Telescope Project, based at the Bellatrix Astronomical Observatory in Italy, will use robotic telescopes to follow the eclipse starting at 8 p.m. CDT.
University of Arizona’s SkyCenter
The SkyCenter will begin uploading images starting at 7 p.m. CDT — the first image will be of the moon rising over the mountains. Then it will switch to another telescope giving a more detailed image of the moon.
- Supermoon plus eclipse equals rare sky show this weekend (wkyt.com)
- Supermoon and total lunar eclipse pair this Sunday for once in decades combination (news.nationalpost.com)
- Total lunar eclipse of September 28, 2015 – online broadcasts schedule (thewatchers.adorraeli.com)
- Rare Supermoon Lunar Eclipse Coming This Weekend (abcnews.go.com)
- Supermoon plus eclipse equals rare sky show Sunday night (helenair.com)
- Supermoon, eclipse equal rare sky show (observer-reporter.com)