VSU Observatory Opening for Rare Supermoon & Lunar Eclipse

Posted at 9:26 AM, Sep 23, 2015
and last updated 2015-09-23 05:38:43-04

VALDOSTA, Ga. (WTXL) -- On Sunday, you may be able to look up in the sky and see something that has not been seen for more than 30 years.

A supermoon will combine with a lunar eclipse on September 27.

According to NASA, the total lunar eclipse will mask the moon's larger-than-life face. A total lunar eclipse happens when the full moon passes through the darkest part of earth's shadow.

Sunday's supermoon eclipse will last a little more than an hour, and people in the U.S. and in much of the world will be able to see it - at no cost.

In honor of this special sight, the Valdosta State University Observatory will be open, so people of all ages can catch a glimpse.

"The full moon closest to the start of fall is called the Harvest Moon, and that will occur on Sept. 27 at 10:51 p.m. The moon will be closest to Earth just 65 minutes earlier, giving us a super moon. Best of all, the sun, Earth, and moon will be perfectly aligned to provide a coppery-red total lunar eclipse. This Sunday night will give us a full moon, a super moon, and a blood moon," said Dr. Kenneth Rumstay, Observatory director, in a release.

The VSU Observatory is located on the roof of Nevins Hall. Parking is available in front of Nevins Hall and across Patterson Street.

For more information, call  (229) 333-5752.