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Rare 'supermoon' eclipse comes Sunday

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A lunar phenomenon will appear in the night sky on September 27. 

A “super blood moon” will coincide with a total lunar eclipse for the first time since 1982 and the last until 2033. But don’t worry --- it’s not as scary as it sounds.

Sky watchers in North and South America are in prime position to experience the rare celestial treat when a supermoon, the closest full moon of the year, and a total lunar eclipse happen at the same time.

Such eclipses can give the moon a reddish glow, caused by light bending through the Earth’s atmosphere. The term “blood moon” has become popular in recent years when referring to this phenomenon.

It’s uncommon for a total lunar eclipse to coincide with a supermoon, according to space.com. There have only been five such events since 1900 (1910, 1928, 1946, 1964 and 1984), the website states.

The supermoon will begin at 7:11 p.m. CDT on September 27. The total eclipse will start at 9:11 p.m. CDT and will last approximately 72 minutes.

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