Thursday, 24 September 2015

Supermoon Eclipse Weekend

If Buffy the Vampire Slayer taught us anything, it is to stay in when moon is full and as this weekend sees the moon at its closest, you might want to check that lock is secure.  
Shakespeare said  “It is the very error of the moon. She comes more near the earth and makes men mad' and Aristotle suggested that the brain was the moistest organ in the body and thereby most susceptible to the influences of the moon.
Science has dismissed any link between the full moon and erratic behaviour but police departments in the UK, New Zealand and USA have been known to add officers on full-moon nights in an effort to cope with presumed higher crime rates.
After considering all the facts and you want to chance it, this weekend is a double whammy because not only is it a Supermoon, but there is a lunar eclipse thrown in also.
While you probably don’t relish the prospect of waking up in the small hours of most Monday mornings, you will have to set your alarm for 3am BST on Monday for this month’s celestial showstopper.
The weather forecast is for cloudless skies but if you miss this one the next supermoon eclipse is pencilled in for 8 October 2033.
The Moon will be immersed in Earth’s shadow from 3:11am BST until 4.23am BST with the full eclipse at 3:47am BST but if you are planning on getting up, keeping a silver bullet close by wouldn't hurt. 

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