September's supermoon eclipse

Get ready for the supermoon total lunar eclipse

September’s supermoon eclipse is the last one until 2033, so dust off the telescopes.

By: Mike Wall,



Photographer Dean Hooper captured this spectacular view of the April 4 total lunar eclipse from Melbourne, Australia. Moons turn a reddish hue because it’s hit by sunlight bent by Earth’s atmosphere. (Photo: Dean Hooper/Virtual Telescope Project)

The first “supermoon” lunar eclipse in more than three decades will grace Earth’s skies this month, as will a partial solar eclipse that most of the world will miss.

The supermoon total lunar eclipse, which occurs on Sept. 27, features a full moon that looks significantly larger and brighter than usual. It will be the first supermoon eclipse since 1982, and the last until 2033, NASA officials said in a newly released video.

The total lunar eclipse will be visible to observers throughout the Americas, Europe, Africa, western Asia and the eastern Pacific Ocean region. [?How Lunar Eclipses Work (Infographic)]

A partial solar eclipse will take place two weeks before this special supermoon, on Sept. 13, but the earlier event will be visible only to skywatchers in southern Africa (as well as penguins, leopard seals and the other wildlife of Antarctica). Read more.