Editorial: Supermoon 2015

Editorial: Supermoon 2015

The Americas, Europe and Africa- So if you’d looked out your window last night, or more than likely checked Facebook, you may have noticed something called a Supermoon Lunar Eclipse. I’m sure some of you even spent the evening documenting the event, heading outside to witness the partial eclipse, or half moon, then stuck around to see the full eclipse, or the blood moon. You probably even took some photos while you were at it.

But what exactly is a Supermoon Lunar Eclipse, or if you were in fact on social media a #superbloodmoon, and what is so special about it?

Well, first we have a supermoon, which is when the moon falls closest to the Earth during the Fall Equinox, which began earlier this month. Because of how close it is to the Earth, the moon appears 14% larger than usual. Then we have a Lunar Eclipse, which occurs when the moon passes into the Earth’s shadow, giving the moon a red tint as well as the nickname “Blood Moon.”

Sunday night, on September 27, these two phenomena happened at the same time, something that hasn’t happened since 1982 and isn’t predicted to happen again until 2033. So hopefully you all took good pictures.

Which leads me to a proposal. I’d like you, yes you reading this, to share your Supermoon Eclipse experience with the Mustang. What you were doing, who you were with, any photos you took, feel free to send them in and I’ll run a couple in our big premiere issue next month.

Just send me an email, for now at eric.lowe73@yahoo.com, and include any photos you took, your name, your class, your major, where you’re from, what town you live in, and maybe a short caption about what you were doing during the Supermoon Lunar Eclipse.

That’s all for now, everyone. We should have a lot more features coming up in the next couple of weeks and will definitely be out covering Homecoming Week. Until then, see you soon.

P.S Special thanks to Nasa’s website for all the cool Supermoon Lunar Eclipse Info. For more information on the supermoon and any other upcoming astronomical events be sure to check out www.nasa.gov

Eric Lowe

Editor-in-Chief

The Mustang

Photo Credited to Kat Quarrell