Not since 1982, or until the year 2033 will you hear super harvest moon eclipse in the same breath. Depending on where you live September 27/28 delivers on all three.
Supermoon alone is nothing remarkable, averaging 4-6 a year the term refers to our moon at perigee (closest point to Earth in a given orbit). Astrologer Richard Nolle coined the phrase in 1979,defining it as..
“a new or full moon which occurs at or near (within 90% of) its closest approach to Earth in a given orbit (perigee). In short Earth, Moon and Sun are all in a line, with Moon in its nearest approach to Earth”.
The September 2015 supermoon falls about an hour after the full moon reaches perigee, at a distance of 356,877 kilometers. Barely two weeks ago at apogee (farthest distance from Earth) on September 14, 406,464 kilometers separated earth from moon. Below- best link to all things supermoon…
Harvest Moon refers to the full moon falling closest to the fall equinox.
Completing September’s cosmic fancy is a lunar eclipse.
Animation of the September 28, 2015, total lunar eclipse. Moon passes through southern half of the Earth’s shadow from west to east. Horizontal yellow line depicts the ecliptic – Earth’s orbital plane projected onto the dome of sky. The inner bull’s-eye shadow depicts the umbra (dark shadow). The penumbra (faint shadow) encircles the umbra.
View larger. | Who will see the September 27-28 lunar eclipse. This diagram from shadowandsubstance.com should help you determine if and how it’s visible from your location. Visit shadowandsubstance for lots more on the eclipse! Thank you, Larry Koehn!