WAKE up early Monday – or stay up really late Sunday night to see a total lunar eclipse visible from Cyprus.
In Nicosia, the moon will rise at 6:57pm on Sunday and go down at 6:44am Monday while the sun will rise at 6:39am.
The meteorological department, providing an analytical timeframe for the eclipse said at 3:12am on Monday the moon would enter the Earth’s penumbra but would not be visible to the naked eye.
At 4:07am the moon will enter the Earth’s shadow and at 5:11am the beginning of the total lunar eclipse will start. The middle of the phenomenon will be at 5:47am and it will end at 6:23am Monday.
The moon will begin to leave from the shadows at 7:27am and exit the penumbra at 8:22am.
The eclipse precedes Monday’s ‘supermoon’ event when the moon will appear some 14 per cent bigger and brighter than usual, due to its closer-than-normal proximity to the Earth.
Supermoons, or perigee full-moons, occur when a new or full moon makes the closest approach to the Earth on its elliptical orbit. To be considered as such, it has to come within 361,836 kilometres of Earth.
Supermoons in themselves are not that rare. In 2015 alone, there are six supermoons; three new moons in January, February and March and then the full moons of August, September and October. Monday’s however, will be the biggest supermoon of the year and the only one in 33 years to be preceded by an eclipse.
It will also be a reddish colour, caused by the Earth moving between the Sun and the moon, which means that all the sunsets on Earth at the time will be cast on to the moon.