BLOOD MOON TONIGHT - The Reykjavik Grapevine

BLOOD MOON TONIGHT

Published September 27, 2015

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The blood moon will appear over Iceland late tonight, but some regions will have better visibility than others.

No special viewing devices will be needed for viewing this eclipse, which is the first full eclipse visible to the entire country in five years. The event kicks off at 00:12, but the reddening and darkening of the moon will take place between 02:11 and 03:23.

However, Icelanders in some parts of the country may be left staring at clouds. According to the national forecast for the weather at the time of the event, the greatest visibility will be in northwest-to-northern Iceland, where clouds are expected to be sparse. East Iceland may also catch a glimpse, but the prediction for the capital area is unfortunately overcast.

Apart from being a blood moon eclipse, the event also falls on the time of year when the moon is closest to the Earth and appears much larger in the sky, also known as a “supermoon”. Seeing a larger, redder moon in the sky may excite you, but astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson is having none of it.

Below, you can see a video made by the Icelandic astronomy site Stjörnufræðivefurinn which details how and where the eclipse can be seen.

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