Exciting Goings On In The Sky

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Get ready to get your lunar eclipse on on Sunday

The last one happened in 1982, and the next one won’t be until 2033. And it starts Sunday night at 6:11 p.m. Regina time, with the excitement peaking at 8:47 p.m., and things winding up at 11:22 p.m.

Assuming the sky in our area is clear, the treat that awaits involves the eclipse of a so-called supermoon. In its elliptical orbit around Earth, the moon varies in distance from 362,600 km (perigee) to 405,400 km (apogee). Tonight, the moon will be in a perigee position that will make it appear 14 per cent larger and 30 per cent brighter than normal.

Throw in the lunar eclipse, when the moon will be occulted by Earth’s shadow except for some sunlight which will filter through the atmosphere and give the eclipsed moon a blood red tinge, and it should be a pretty spectacular show.

You can read more about the supermoon eclipse here, and viewing conditions in Regina in particular here.


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Author: Gregory Beatty

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