Mark your calendars: The night sky is going to look stunningly gorgeous on September 27. reports that a rare combination of a supermoon and a total lunar eclipse will light up the sky that night.
Such a combination is extremely rare; the last time you could see it was in 1982, and the next time will be in 2033. : A supermoon happens when there's a full moon and it's the closet possible distance to Earth within its orbit.
That makes the moon look up to 14% larger, and way brighter. A lunar eclipse puts the moon in Earth's shadow, making it look red. So the moon will look giant, bright, and red when the two events combine. It'll be hard to miss, as long as it's not cloudy where you live.
This time it'll take place at 6:07 p.m. Pacific, 9:07 p.m. Eastern, and the total eclipse will take place an hour later, lasting for about an hour. It will be visible in North and South America on the 27th, and visible in Europe and Africa early in the morning on the 28th. According to , it's totally safe to look at a lunar eclipse, so gaze away.
Still confused? NASA created a fun animation explaining everything: