Supermoon to turn moon blood red over Preston

Posted on - 27th September, 2015 - 7:00pm | Author - | Posted in - Observations, Preston News
The moon will turn red over Preston Pic: pixielulu

The moon will turn red over Preston Pic: pixielulu

A full moon will glow brightly across Preston during Sunday evening and it will turn red.


The blood moon, or supermoon, is the first supermoon lunar eclipse since 1982.

The moon will seem much brighter and around 14 per cent bigger in diameter than usual.

The eclipse is due to start at 1.11am and the full eclipse will start at 3.11am. Around 3.50am is expected to be the best time to see the full eclipse.

Related: Top five places to watch the supermoon in Preston

During the eclipse, the sun’s rays will bend around the Earth and the light will appear red or copper to the naked eye. A Blood Moon is regarded by some to be a sign of the apocalypse as they believe it is linked to tidal waves, volcano eruptions and earthquakes.

The reddish colour during total lunar eclipse is a phenomenon called Rayleigh scattering. It is the same process that is responsible for causing colourful sunrises and sunsets and gives us a blue sky.

If you snap the supermoon feel free to share your pictures with us via the Preston Flickr group, email or tweet @blogpreston

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