The Bloodmoon Cometh
We will be treated to a bloodmoon on Sunday night. The full moon of September is also what has become known as a supermoon. The moon is in perigee and is closer to the earth than normal in its orbit so it appears larger. The Earth will pass between the moon and the sun and a lunar eclipse will occur. At the peak of the eclipse the moon will have a red hue. It has been dubbed the blood moon due to the color it turns from the suns reflection. It is part of the lunar tetrad of 2014 to 2015. This is four successive total lunar eclipses, with no partial lunar eclipses in between, each of which is separated from the other by six lunar months (six full moons). The eclipse will start at 9:07 p.m. ET and visible to most people in America, the Middle East, Europe, and Africa. The total lunar eclipse begins at 11:11 p.m. ET. This is always a fun event to watch and the next supermoon lunar eclipse will not occur for at least a decade.
September’s full moon is known as the Full corn or harvest moon. It was named such by Native Americans because it coincided with the harvesting of corn crops. It is known as the harvest full moon because it occurs the closest to the fall equinox. At the peak of the harvest farmers could work late into the night by the light of the full moon. The moon usually rises about 50 minutes on average later each night but for a few days the moon appears to rise at the same time each night. The time difference is actually less than 30 minutes across the united states and about 15 minutes in Canada and Europe. In 2 years out of 3 the harvest moon occurs in September and then some years early in October.
Hopefully this storm front will move out and we can enjoy the full bloodmoon of September 2015.