This coming Monday a rare super moon lunar eclipse will be visible from Switzerland. It is known as a super moon eclipse because the moon is at its closest to the earth, appearing 14% larger. Only five have occurred since 1900. The last was in 1982 and the next will be in 2033.
In addition to appearing larger, the moon will take on a red tint as it falls into the earth’s shadow when it lines up with the earth and sun at the same time. To view the spectacle you will need to rise early. The show starts at 4:11am and ends at 5:23am on Monday 28 September 2015.
- Path of total solar eclipse (Le News 19.03.15)
Unlike a solar eclipse no protective viewing equipment is needed because the view is away from the sun, not in to it.
PLEASE NOTE: This video says it is on 27 September 2015, however in Switzerland it will be visible early in the morning of 28 September 2015. The video is not wrong it is just made for a US audience and the timing is different there. Full technical timing details can be found here on the NASA website.
Only those on one side of the earth will be able to see the event. Most of those in the Americas, most Africans and all western Europeans will get to see it. The image below shows the side of the globe that will be facing the moon when it occurs.
It is possible that cloud cover could get in the way. Based on the latest MeteoSuisse forecast, the canton of Valais, and the Montreux end of Lake Geneva have the best seats.