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Friday, September 25, 2015

Where to watch the supermoon lunar eclipse in Toronto

supermoon lunar eclipse torontoYou'll feel like talking to the moon on Saturday night thanks to the full supermoon lunar eclipse that's set to rise over Toronto, starting at 9:07 p.m. The celestial show will peak around 10:47 p.m. -- that's when the moon will look like a coppery red orb in the southeastern sky.

Unlike meteor showers, you should be able to see the lunar eclipse from smack dab in the middle of the city, weather permitting of course. Since the moon will be in the southeast, try heading to Humber Bay Park or Tommy Thompson Park because both of these green spaces jut out onto the lake, giving you relatively unobstructed views of the sky.

There are plenty of viewing parties happening Saturday night, with the most notable being the Dunlap Institute for Astronomy & Astrophysics' and the University of Toronto's event at Kings College Circle. There will be a lot of moon-watchers out at this one.

York University will also be holding a Luna Palooza event, though it project attendance pales compared to its rival university.

If you're not up for hanging out on campus, the Ontario Science Centre is hostinga celestial celebration starting at 7 p.m.

You won't want to miss this astronomical event. While lunar eclipses are a fairly regular occurrence (the next one will be visible from Toronto in 2018), because this is a supermoon lunar eclipse, the view of the phenomenon should be a little bit better.

While the moon might appear up to 14 per cent larger than usual, most scientists agree that this difference is relatively imperceptible. Ok, Scully. Be a downer. This one is for the Mulders of the world. I want to believe.

No matter what, these occurrences are special; there have been only five supermoon lunar eclipses since the beginning of the 20th century, and we won't see another one until 2033.

Photo by Michael Muraz in the blogTO Flickr pool.

by Amy Grief via blogTO

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