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Supermoon Eclipse Will Take Place Sunday

Last updated on Wednesday, September 23, 2015

(UNDATED) - A spectacular total lunar eclipse will be the highlight of September as the moon plunges deep into Earth’s shadow.

Supermoons occur when the moon reaches its full phase at or near the satellite's closest approach to Earth, and appears abnormally large and bright as a result. The September 27 event is quite special; the last supermoon eclipse occurred in 1982, and the next won't take place until 2033.

Observers across most of North America and South America will see all 72 minutes of totality on the evening of Sunday, September 27, while those in most of Europe, Africa and the Middle East will witness the eclipse before dawn on Saturday, September 28.

This will be both a "super moon" (the largest full moon of the year) and a Harvest Moon (the full moon nearest the September equinox).

For those watching from the west coast of North America, the moon will already be partially eclipsed when it rises after dark, creating a striking backdrop for a skyline or park.

In the Midwest and East, viewers will have several hours to watch the moon rise above the eastern horizon and change color as the eclipse progresses.

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