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Don't Miss the Rare Supermoon Eclipse this Sunday

Article by: Jerrold Samford, Environmental Compliance Specialist, Troutman Saunders--A dramatic total lunar eclipse is (pardon the pun) on the horizon for eastern North America. The “partial eclipse” will begin around 8:07 p.m. Sunday night, September 27th. The full eclipse will begin about 9:11 p.m. and the maximum eclipse will be at about 9:47 p.m.. Totality will last an hour and 12 minutes.

Notes from a Lazy Stargazer

I woke up at 3:00 a.m.. Why? Fate, I guess. I live near the UR campus under the canopy of a primeval forest. Meteor watching from my backyard doesn’t work very well. The UR campus, however, does offer some decent openings onto the night sky. I parked by the practice fields and looked out. Fortunately, I drive a convertible and was able to recline in the comfort of the car and gaze out. Campus lighting pretty well eliminated a quarter of the sky closest to the horizon on the campus side of the car. The rest of the sky was dark enough.

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