It almost sounds like something from a comic strip: A total supermoon lunar eclipse, also known as a blood moon. But this is for real — and it's happening Sunday night through Monday.

This month’s full moon has everything: As the first one post–fall equinox, it is known as the harvest moon. On its closest approach to Earth for the year, it will also be a super moon—the most super in a year of super moons.

And, the pièce de résistance: Just when it gets plumpest, this most super of moons will give us an eclipse the color of blood. Not only that, but Turtle Island, especially the East Coast, will get the full show. It is the the fourth, and most spectacular, in a tetrad that has been going on since April 2014.

“On the night of September 27–28, the Full Moon plunges through Earth’s shadow for the second time this year, and this time, it’s the biggest Full Moon of 2015,” says “The resulting total lunar eclipse lasts more than an hour and occurs during the evening across the Americas.”

The fun starts imperceptibly at 8:12 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time with the first hint, the penumbral eclipse.

“This moment marks when the Moon enters Earth’s lighter outer shadow,” says “If you don’t notice the start, you won’t be alone. Most people don’t spot any change to the Moon’s appearance until just before the partial eclipse begins.”

What makes this a pizza-pie supermoon? The moon’s orbit is elliptical, so its distance from Earth varies throughout the year. Other super moons occurred when the moon was the closest it gets to Earth for the month. This one happens to be the moon’s closest approach for the year, making it the 2015 super moon to end all super moons. That puts it 221,753 miles from us, according to In contrast, the farthest the moon ever gets from us is 252,088 miles, says In total, there have been six super moons this year, three of them new (thus invisible) and three, including this one, big and bright.

The moon hits fullness on September 27 at 10:51 p.m. EDT and makes its closest approach to Earth about an hour later, says. To have this many factors converging makes for a truly unique celestial event.

“Supermoon eclipses are rare; the last one occurred in 1982 and the next won’t happen till 2033,”

Learn Native American Names: Soaproot (Pomo). Corn Moon (Pueblo). Harvest moon (Hopi). Singing Moon (Celtic). Leaf fall Moon (Kiowa). Ripe Moon (San Juan). Maize Moon (Natchez). Acorns Moon (Wishram). Rice Moon (Anishnaabe). Hay Cutting Moon (Yuchi). Mulberry Moon (Choctaw). Deer Paw Moon (Omaha). Snow Goose Moon (Cree). Freshness Moon (Mohawk). Harvest Moon (Neo-Pagan). Harvest (Colonial American). Little Chestnut Moon (Creek). Corn Maker Moon (Abernaki). Drying Grass Moon (Arapaho). Yellow Leaf Moon (Assiniboine). Drying Grass Moon (Cheyenne). Autumn Moon (Passamaquoddy). Barley Moon (Mediaeval English). Calves Hair Growth Moon (Dakota). Yellow Leaf Moon(Taos Native American). Nut Moon, Black Butterfly Moon (Cherokee). Drying Grass Moon, Black Calve Moon, fScarlet Plum Moon (Sioux). Harvest Moon, Corn Moon, Barley Moon, Fruit Moon, Dying Grass Moon (Algonquin).
Other moon names : Wine moon, Blood Moon, Sturgeon Moon


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