There’s a unique astronomical event that will appear in the night sky on Sunday that, pun intended, only happens once in a blue moon. It’s a supermoon lunar eclipse.
According to The State Newspaper, “a supermoon is a full moon at its closest approach to Earth of the year.” NASA writes that it’s an eclipse that has not been “seen in more than 30 years.” The total eclipse will last 72 minutes. The Earth’s shadow will begin to dim the supermoon slightly beginning at 8:11, adds NASA.
According to Sky & Telescope, “North Americans are well positioned to view this eclipse, but no matter where you are in the world--stuck indoors, under cloudy skies, or outside the eclipse zone--you’ll have a chance to view it live, right here, in high-definition splendor!”
The S.C. State Museum will host at Supermoon Lunar Eclipse Night in Columbia. For more information on the special after-hours viewing, visit the museum’s events page.
View NASA's Super Moon Lunar Eclipse video below.