Public invited to 2 Pittsburgh-area viewings of lunar eclipse – Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

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Two viewings are scheduled Sunday for those interested in watching the supermoon lunar eclipse.



Carnegie Science Center will host a special SkyWatch from 8:30 to 11:30 p.m. so people can view the eclipse through telescopes on the center’s terrace.



The event will only take place under clear skies. Visitors should confirm the session is on by calling 412-237-3327.





Also, at 7:10 p.m. on Sunday, the Amateur Astronomers Association of Pittsburgh will host a viewing at the Wagman Observatory in Deer Lakes Park in Tarentum.



Both events are free and open to all ages.



A total lunar eclipse occurs during a full moon when the entire moon passes through the Earth’s dark umbral or inner shadow.



 



AccuWeather reported the lunar eclipse will coincide with the supermoon on Sunday at 9:07 p.m. The moon will be super, as in super big, because it will be in its closest proximity to Earth, making it appear up to 14 percent larger.



This supermoon, also called a harvest moon because it is appearing at the beginning of the autumn season, will have another name, as well — blood moon. It’s called that because it will pass behind the Earth into its shadow, resulting in a red tint across its surface.



“The entire Eastern United States will have a front row seat to the eclipse,” said AccuWeather meteorologist Dave Samuhel.



He said the last time there was a lunar eclipse with a supermoon was in 1982.



“The next one will be in 2033,” Mr. Samuhel said.

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