MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) A total lunar eclipse will be visible this weekend on Sunday September 27, weather permitting.
A total lunar eclipse occurs when the Earth moves in between the full moon and the sun. The moon will still be visible although it will be completely shadowed by the Earth. The moon may also come off to the naked eye with a red tint to it and that comes from the refraction of sunlight around the Earth's atmosphere which gives this moon a 'blood-moon' nickname.
"That red light shining onto the moon is sunlight that has skimmed and bent through Earth's atmosphere: that is, from all the sunrises and sunsets that ring the world at any given moment," according to Alan MacRobert of Sky and Telescope magazine.
The total eclipse will start at 10:11 p.m. EDT (7:11 p.m. PDT) Sunday evening and will last one hour and 12 minutes. It will be visible across North and South America, Europe, Africa, and parts of West Asia and the eastern Pacific, NASA said.
The full eclipse should be visible from the Mississippi river and points east, leaving us here in Myrtle Beach with a perfect set-up for viewing. From the Rocky mountains to the Mississippi, the eclipse will be partially visible and the west coast will see some of the lunar eclipse Sunday night.
Not only is this a full lunar eclipse but this moon will also be a 'Super moon.' You may remember this term from earlier this year when we saw one of the biggest super moons in recent history. Now, this one is going to appear about 14 percent larger, according to NASA and the only reason we see super moons is because the moon doesn't take a completely circular orbit so at times it appears larger and at times it appears smaller.
Check out your photos from the Super moon in 2013 in the slideshow above, or tap here to view the slideshow on your mobile device.
What is uncommon is for a total lunar eclipse to coincide with a super moon. There have been just five such events since 1900 (in 1910, 1928, 1946, 1964 and 1982), NASA said.
Now, the weather may play a factor in whether or not we see the eclipse or not. We are supposed to see rain through the weekend. By Sunday, we may see some clearing and hopefully it will clear up nicely for us to see this rare event. Stay tuned to your First Alert weather app to check the conditions and if you don't have it, be sure to download it free for Apple or Android devices in the app store. Click here for info or text 'WEATHERAPP' to 84300 for a download link.