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I don’t know about you but certain events pull me out of myself, away from the everyday minutia that anchor most of us to our little corners of the planet and remind me that we’re really just tiny dots on a spinning lump circling an isolated (if lively) corner of the Milky Way.

Eclipses are like that for me.

And lo, a total lunar eclipse is happening on Sunday night. Also, supermoon! That’s right, it won’t be just any eclipse, but one in which the moon’s orbit brings it about as close to the Earth as it comes, around 220,000 miles at perigee (rather than its more typical distance of 240,000 miles). And as this article in Slate describes it:

During this total lunar eclipse, the moon will appear about 14 percent larger and 30 percent brighter than Earthlings are used to seeing it… The last supermoon eclipse was in 1982, and it won’t happen again until 2033.

So, fellow Earthlings, get thee outside around 10:47pm EST Sunday evening and enjoy the dramatic sight of a harvest supermoon tinged red with Earth-shadow. Or, you know, watch it live-streamed on the Slooh Community Observatory network or see NASA TV’s coverage of the event from 8:00pm on. Your choice, just don’t forget the popcorn:)

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I now interrupt my not-at-all-planned blog vacation week (moving stuff, traveling, working, moving more stuff, more working) with this announcement:

Tonight is the best night to see a perigee full moon in 2014! That’s when the moon is not only full, but as close to us (Earth and its -lings, that is) as possible. Sure, supermoons seem to be a dime a dozen this year but tonight the view of our celestial sidekick will truly be Super. Becoming full at the same hour as perigee, the moon will appear 14% larger and 30% brighter than normal. That’s about as impressive as it comes.

"Supermoon comparison" by Marcoaliaslama - Own work. Licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0 via Wikimedia Commons.

Supermoon comparison” by MarcoaliaslamaOwn work. Licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0 via Wikimedia Commons.

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