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How To See The Supermoon Eclipse In Cincinnati

Dean Regas
Cincinnati Observatory

The Cincinnati Observatory is calling it "THE astronomical event of the year." Sunday, September 27 there will be a total lunar eclipse and a 'super moon,' the largest, closest full moon of the year, and the Harvest Moon.

According to Northern Kentucky University’s Haile Digital Planetarium, the last super moon lunar eclipse was in 1982; the next one will be in 2033.

UC Clermont Professor of Biology and Chemistry David Fankhauser says in a statement, “This particular eclipse is special because this Harvest Moon is a ‘super moon’ meaning it is closer to the earth at this time and therefore 11 percent bigger than usual. It has been called the ‘Blood Moon’ because of the reddish hue due to its illumination of light filtered as it passes through the earth’s atmosphere.”

The beginning phase should start around 8:11 p.m. The earth's shadow will appear around 9:07 p.m. The moon should be in total eclipse at 10:47 p.m.

Viewing Locations

  • The Haile Digital Planetarium and NKU’s Department of Physics, Geology and Engineering Technology will offer the public the chance to view the event, speak with astronomers, view special programs, and interact with the planetarium dome. The event begins at 9 p.m.

  • A Lunar Eclipse of the Moon Party will be held at UC Clermont College, beginning at 8 p.m. Several UC Clermont College faculty have agreed to talk about aspects of the eclipse, the moon and its role in human history and science. Please bring a lawn chair, blanket and a telescope for easy viewing.

  • Cincinnati Observatory will offer tours and viewing through the historic telescopes (weather permitting) from 7-11 p.m.  Bring blankets, lawn chairs, and picnics to set up on our east-facing lawn and watch the Moon go into the shadow of the Earth. Plus a live performance from Jake Speed and the Freddies. Cost: $5 per person.

Tana Weingartner earned a bachelor's degree in communication from the University of Cincinnati and a master's degree in mass communication from Miami University. Prior to joining Cincinnati Public Radio, she served as news and public affairs producer with WMUB-FM. Ms. Weingartner has earned numerous awards for her reporting, including several Best Reporter awards from the Associated Press and the Ohio Society of Professional Journalists, and a regional Murrow Award. She enjoys snow skiing, soccer and dogs.