Residents Must Drive ‘Well West’ To See Total Lunar Eclipse of Harvest Supermoon Sunday NightNight

Published Friday, September 25, 2015 at 5:05 pm

By Jesse Wood

For those residents in the High Country that wanted to see the rare total lunar eclipse of a Harvest Supermoon are out of lucky unless you want to drive “well west” on Sunday night.

US National Weather Service Morristown Tennessee

US National Weather Service Morristown Tennessee

“Our region is going to be fairly cloudy,” Blacksburg, Va., National Weather Service meteorologist Chris Fisher said on Friday afternoon. “It looks like maybe a slight chance to see back toward Chattanooga and Eastern Kentucky. Might get some cloud breaks out that way. It will be pretty tough to see it out our way.”

This is a rare opportunity as Wired.com reported that won’t happen again until 2033:

“ During this total lunar eclipse, the moon will appear about 14 percent larger and 30 percent brighter than Earthlings are used to seeing it. And yes, it’ll also change color. The Earth doesn’t totally shade the moon; some sunlight trickles around the edges of the planet and gets filtered through the atmosphere, which only lets through light with longer wavelengths. That’s red.

“This eclipse also happens to coincide with the harvest moon, the full moon that falls closest to the autumnal equinox. Taken together, all these astronomical events should make for a pretty special show—and a rare one.”

The National Weather Service released that viewing times for Morristown, Tenn., of the total lunar eclipse of Harvest Supermoon will take place from Sunday, Sept. 27 at 9:07 p.m. to Monday, Sept. 28 at 12:24 a.m.

See viewing chart attached.

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