Stargazers are in for a treat Sunday night when a supermoon will combine with a total lunar eclipse to result in a rare sight, also called a “blood moon.”
For the first time in more than 30 years, the moon will be at its closest point in orbit (supermoon) while it enters the Earth’s shadow (total lunar eclipse) to result in a harvest red moon. The eclipse event is expected to last more than an hour beginning at 10:11 pm and ending after 11 pm, peaking at 10:47 pm.
The last occurrence was observed in 1982 and astronomers believe the next chance we’ll get to see this special event will be in 2033. Special events to celebrate this rare happening (all set for Sunday, September 27) are sure to be out of this world!
Look to the stars at Lunar Mania where attendees will have the chance to view the supermoon through telescopes on the lawn. Jam to moon-and-star-themed music and see a one-night-only showing of Pink Floyd’s Dark Side of the Moon laser show in the world’s largest IMAX Dome theater, among other things.
Where: Liberty Science Center, Jersey City
Time: 7-10:47 pm
Admission: $10 per person; $5 for Liberty Science Center members. (201-253-1310, [email protected])
Lunar Eclipse Skywatch
The South Jersey Astronomy Club will hold a skywatch program where telescopes a-plenty will be set up at the recreation field at Belleplain State Forest as well as at the Egg Harbor Township Library for those hoping to get a closer look at the rare supermoon. Check their website for weather updates.
Where: Belleplain State Forest, Woodbine and Egg Harbor Township Library, Egg Harbor Township
Time: 8 pm start
Total Lunar Eclipse
Bring a chair and dig your toes in the sand while joining a park system naturalist during this supermoon event along the Manasquan Inlet. Open to ages 7 and up (18 and under with an adult).
Where: Fisherman’s Cove Conservation Area, Manasquan
Time: 8:30 pm start
The Astronomical Society of the Toms River Area (ASTRA) will set up their telescopes and be on hand to share views of the eclipse, planets and stars.
Where: Outside the Robert J. Novins Planetarium at Ocean County College, Toms River
Time: 8 pm
Total Lunar Eclipse at The Observatory
The William D. McDowell Observatory will be open for the duration of the lunar eclipse. The night event will include a talk on the history of eclipses as well as viewing other astronomical objects in our solar system including Saturn and Neptune. Take note: In order to access the observatory, visitors must be able to climb 25 steps in a spiral formation.
Where: William D. McDowell Observatory, Lyndhurst
Time: 7:30 pm-1:30 am
Total Lunar Eclipse Watch
Watch the full moon glide into the Earth’s shadow at the 3M Observatory at this night-time outdoor event. This event is weather permitting.
Where: 3M Observatory at Raritan Valley Community College, Branchburg
Time: 9 pm-midnight
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