The Moon Turns Red Again This September

TOTAL LUNAR ECLIPSE 2015 – On the night of September 27–28, 2015 the full Moon will plunge completely through Earth’s shadow for the last time until January 2018.

If your skies are clear after the Sun sets on Sunday, September 27th, be sure to head outside to see the total lunar eclipse that happens that night. This will mark the end of a “tetrad” of four total lunar eclipses spaced a half year apart that began back in early 2014. But, perhaps more importantly, it’s the last one visible anywhere until 2018.

Unlike the lunar eclipse on April 4th, which might not even have been precisely total, this one will carry the Moon through the umbra — the dark core of Earth’s shadow — for 1 hour and 12 minutes. Moreover, it’s the biggest eclipsed Moon you’ll ever see! That’s because the closest lunar perigee of 2015 occurs just 59 minutes before mid-eclipse. The Moon (in Pisces) will appear 13% larger in diameter than it did when eclipsed last April.

Unfortunately, for those of us from Malaysia and East Asia region, we will not be able to see it this time as it will be daytime in our region. The last lunar eclipse for Malaysia was on December 10, 2011. It was the second of two such eclipses in 2011. The first occurred on June 15, 2011. That was a relatively rare central lunar eclipse, in which the center point of Earth’s shadow passes across the Moon. I manage to capture the 2011 lunar eclipse with my Nikon 500mm lens with Nikon D3x body.

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03The moon turning red with glimpse of distance stars- look like a scene from Star Wars!

See more at: http://www.skyandtelescope.com/astronomy-news/observing-news/get-ready-for-septembers-total-lunar-eclipse-091420155/#sthash.2pdigvFE.dpuf

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