Stargazers brace yourselves to witness 'Supermoon' Lunar Eclipse this weekend

For the first time in more than 30 years, Supermoon as well as lunar eclipse will be witnessed.

The supermoon eclipse will last 1 hour and 11 minutes on Sunday 27 September, and will be visible to North and South America, Europe, Africa, and parts of West Asia and the eastern Pacific.

According to astronomers, this year the moon will appear 14 percent larger and 30 percent brighter in the sky before it is engulfed by an eclipse.

The next lunar eclipse visible from Africa will be on 7 August 2017.

CapeTalk's Mike Wills (standing in for John Maytham) spoke to Claire Flanagan, Astronomer about the lunar eclipse.

Flanagan says that all of Africa will experience the eclipse on Monday morning at about 03:10. She says the moon wont be completely dark but it will be a reddish-brown colour.

The moon is going into the shadow of the earth. you have the sun on the one side and the moon on the other and they perfectly line up

Claire Flanagan, Astronomer

Listen to the full conversation below:


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