PISCATAWAY, NJ – Sunday night, January 20 at approximately 11:41 p.m. a total eclipse of the moon will be visible, weather permitting.  Because the moon will nearly be in perigee, or the closest to the earth in its orbit, it will be a “supermoon.”

According to Spaceweather.com, in perigee the moon appears nearly eight percent wider than the average full moon.  Normally it would also appear about 16 percent brighter but the earth’s shadow on the moon will cause the moonlight to dim, allowing stars to be visible.During the eclipse the moon will appear to have a cooper, reddish tint.  Partial eclipse will begin around 9:30 p.m. eastern standard time.

 

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