SKY-WATCHERS HOPING FOR CLEAR SKIES TONIGHT TO SEE RARE ECLIPSE

first_imgSky-watchers across Donegal could be in for a rare treat tonight!A previous ‘super moon’ over Donegal.The shadow of Earth will cast a reddish glow on the moon, the result of rare combination of an eclipse with the closest full moon of the year.But you’ll have to stay up late as the best time to catch it is at 3.47am in the early hours of Monday morning. The total “supermoon” lunar eclipse, also known as a “blood moon”, is one that appears bigger and brighter than usual as it reaches the point in its orbit that is closest to Earth.If skies are clear, the phenomenon will be visible from North and South America, Europe, Africa and parts of West Asia and the eastern Pacific.Astronomy Ireland says the eclipse will last for several hours, centred around 3.47am.It has been more than 30 years since a supermoon combined with a lunar eclipse, according to NASA. The next total lunar eclipse will not be until 2018 while the next supermoon-lunar eclipse combination will not happen until 2033.SKY-WATCHERS HOPING FOR CLEAR SKIES TONIGHT TO SEE RARE ECLIPSE was last modified: September 27th, 2015 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:donegalsky-watchersSuper moonlast_img read more