The night of September 27 will see both a supermoon and a lunar eclipse above our Blantyre skies – meaning that particular evening will have both the brightest, and then the darkest, moon of the year!
In the early morning of Monday September 28, the moon will be extra close to the earth meaning it will glow even more brightly, especially around 2am.
But, soon after that, the moon will start to disappear and will be completely eclipsed around 3am, as the earth moves between it and the sun. The moon won’t be visible again until about 4.30am.
During the eclipse, the sun’s rays will bend around the earth and the light will become red — casting the satellite in a coppery colour, known as the Blood Moon.
The double event last happened in 1982, and won’t happen again until 2033.
The strange occurrence has prompted some groups in the US to claim that the ‘end of the world is nigh’ citing the rare astrological event as a sign of the Apocalypse, predicted in a passage in the Bible that says: ‘The sun shall be turned into darkness, and the moon into blood, before the great and the terrible day of the Lord comes.’