Some call it a supermoon lunar eclipse, others call it a super blood moon eclipse. Either way, Griffith Observatory in Los Angeles will celebrate the celestial trifecta Sunday with live classical music and lots of skygazing.
If you miss the moontastic event, the next one won't happen until 2033.
Here's what will happen Sunday evening in the sky, from wherever you want to watch (the darker the location, the better):
– First, the moon will be full.
– Then the moon will appear to be large, a supermoon, because it's in what's called "lunar perigee," meaning the moon will be at its closest point to the Earth during its orbit.
– This all coincides with a lunar eclipse when the Earth blocks the sun's light from hitting the moon. It may have a red or coppery appearance too, hence the "blood" moon moniker.
The moon will rise at 6:45 p.m. local time Sunday, and the eclipse will enter totality at 7:11 p.m.
Griffith Observatory in Griffith Park hosts a free Star Party starting at 2 p.m. Sunday when telescopes will be in place. Then from 6:30 to 9:45 p.m., pianist Ray Ushikubo will be playing Beethoven sonatas as part of the L.A. Philharmonic's "Immortal Beethoven" program.
Visitors can peer through the telescopes on the observatory's lawn or look up with the naked eye to see the total eclipse.
The last supermoon lunar eclipse occurred in 1982, one of just five such events in the last century, Space.com says.