Don't miss Sunday's rare celestial event: How to see the supermoon, full moon and lunar eclipse

Will You Be Able to See the Supermoon Eclipse?


Most all of North America, South America and Africa will have a chance to see something truly amazing on Sunday when three celestial events – a full moon, a supermoon, and a lunar eclipse – will coincide for a few hours.

The majority of the viewing area will see the full eclipse for about an hour, but where you are in the world will determine just how late you need stay awake (or how early you need to get up) to take it all in.

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According to USA Today, the West Coast of the United States and Canada have the best timeframe. Folks in Vancouver and Los Angeles can enjoy the sight over dinner with the full eclipse happening around 7:11 p.m. It will last one hour and 12 minutes.

Eastern U.S. cities, including New York and Atlanta, will have to wait until 10:11 p.m., and South American cities such as Rio will have to wait a further hour.

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Viewers in Europe and Africa will have to get up early on the morning of the 28th, with the full eclipse peaking at around 3:11 a.m. in London and Tangier and about 4:11 a.m. for Madrid and Cape Town.

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Weather conditions will also play a significant role in who is able to catch a glimpse of the historic sight.

"The current forecasts show that a stubborn low off the East Coast may lead to cloud cover blocking the eclipse from view over the Middle Atlantic region and Southeast," meteorologist Quincy Vagell said. "A storm system in the north-central states may also bring disrupting clouds from the northern Plains back into the central Rockies. Elsewhere, high pressure is expected to bring good viewing condition to parts of New England, the Midwest, Southwest and the West Coast."

So what does it take for these three event to coincide?

The most common of the three, of course, is the full moon, which happens every month as the moon makes its orbit around the Earth. The orbit isn't a perfect circle, so at times the moon is closer and seems bigger in the sky, a phenomenon known as a "supermoon."

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Don't miss Sunday's rare celestial event: How to see the supermoon, full moon and lunar eclipse
[UNVERIFIED CONTENT] The full moon of June 2013, or the Supermoon 2013 is rising next to the Apteros (wingless) Nike temple, on the Acropolis of Athens, Greece.
[UNVERIFIED CONTENT] This is the full moon in June 2013 or the 2013 Supermoon, as it rises next to the Apteros (Wingless) Nike temple, on the Acropolis of Athens.
BOSTON - JUNE 23: The Supermoon seen from Castle Island, rising behind Long Island, in Boston, Mass., Sunday, June 23, 2013. The moon disappeared into the clouds as it rose. (Photo by Yoon S. Byun/The Boston Globe via Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - JUNE 23: In this handout image provided by NASA, a supermoon rises behind the Washington Monument on June 23, 2013 in Washington, DC. This year the supermoon is up to 13.5% larger and 30% brighter than a typical full moon. (Photo by Bill Ingalls/NASA via Getty Images)
A supermoon rises next to the ancient Greek temple of Poseidon at Cape Sounion, some 65 kilometers south of Athens, on June 23, 2013. AFP PHOTO / ARIS MESSINIS (Photo credit should read ARIS MESSINIS/AFP/Getty Images)
LAPD chopper flies in a foregraund of the Super Moon in Los Angeles, California on May 05, 2012. Tonight's moon is set to appear 14 percent larger and 30 percent brighter from our perspective on Earth. The Supermoon lines up much closely with perigee -- the moon's closest point to Earth. The 2012 May full moon falls some six minutes after perigee, the moon's closest point to Earth for this month. At perigee, the moon lies only 221,802 miles (356,955 kilometers ) away. Later this month, on May 19, the moon will swing out to apogee -- its farthest point for the month -- at 252,555 miles (406,448 kilometers) distant. AFP PHOTO /JOE KLAMAR (Photo credit should read JOE KLAMAR/AFP/GettyImages)
UNITED KINGDOM - MARCH 19: The moon at perigree on March 19, 2011 at 18:37 hours. A perigree moon is a moon that is at its closest to earth (as contrasted to moon in apogee). The Supermoon is a full moon in perigree. The proximity of a supermoon to earth contributes to higher ocean tides and greater variation between high and low tide. It is also contended by some that a supermoon will effect crystal tides and therefore lead to a greater likelihood of volcanic eruptions and earthquakes. (Photo by Jamie Cooper/SSPL/Getty Images)

The point in the moon's orbit that brings it closest to Earth is known as perigee, and the perigee for September will come at a time when the moon is passing through the Earth's shadow, a lunar eclipse.

Light still reaches the moon during a lunar eclipse, but it has to pass through the Earth's atmosphere first. Red light tends to make it through easier and the moon takes on a reddish glow nicknamed the blood moon.

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The full moon, supermoon, blood moon combo has only happened five times since 1900, with the last coming in 1982, reports. If you decide to skip this one, you won't get the chance to see it again until 2033.

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