Expert Advisory: Rare and spectacular lunar eclipse takes over night sky this Sunday

Thursday, September 24, 2015

Skywatchers will have the chance to experience a total lunar eclipse during a supermoon this weekend. When the moon passes closest to the Earth during the full moon phase, it appears larger and brighter than at any other time.

Robert Henderson, coordinator for the Gustav Bakos Observatory at the University of Waterloo, is available to speak to the media about this rare celestial event.

“Lunar eclipses are not uncommon, but the combination of supermoon and total lunar eclipse is unusual,” said Henderson. “You won’t see this happen again for a couple of decades, and this is a great opportunity for some backyard astronomy.”

The University of Waterloo Gustav Bakos Observatory holds monthly public tours, and Henderson frequently speaks to the public about astronomy and unusual celestial events.

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Pamela Smyth
University of Waterloo
519-888-4777
www.uwaterloo.ca/news
@UWaterlooNews

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