CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) - On Sunday night - September 27th - get ready to enjoy a total lunar eclipse as the moon passes through the earth's shadow.
It will also be at the closest point to earth in its orbit, known as the Perigee which will make it about 14% larger than average. That's not immediately obvious to the naked eye, but a fun fact nonetheless.
This has only happened five times since 1900! The next time this will happen will be 2033!
The moon rises at 7:05 p.m. that Sunday. The partial eclipse begins at 9:07 p.m. and enters the total eclipse at 10:11pm. The full eclipse ends at 11:23 p.m. with the final partial eclipse ending at 12:27 a.m.
The timing couldn't be more perfect to make an evening of this. Gather the friends, get your lounge chairs, drag out the barbecue grill and enjoy the show. Let's hope the weather cooperates.
And send us your pictures!
- Eric Thomas