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Supermoon Lunar Eclipse To Blooden The Sky On Sept. 27, 2015

09/21/2015 09:31 EDT | Updated 09/21/2015 09:59 EDT

This can't be a good omen.

Two astronomical phenomena will coincide on Sept. 27, creating a blood red supermoon that will look like Mars is lighting up the night sky.

It will be the first time in over 30 years that this has happened, NASA reports.

The red supermoon will result from the moon moving into a position known as the "perigee," or the closest it comes to Earth in its orbit.

It will appear 14 per cent bigger and 30 per cent brighter than an apogee moon, when it is at its furthest distance from our planet.

And it will come amid a lunar eclipse, which occurs when the moon orbits into Earth's shadow, away from the sun, giving it a red appearance.

The phenomenon will appear in the sky for over an hour on the evening of Sept. 27, with its peak happening at 10:47 p.m. ET (7:47 p.m. PT for you westerners), according to Timeanddate.com.

It should be visible right across Canada, with people in cities such as Toronto, Montreal and Halifax enjoying the best visibility. Though Western Canadians in Vancouver and Calgary will be able to see it too, weather permitting.

The supermoon eclipse will mark the second time this year that two astronomical phenomena have intersected like this.

In March, a supermoon happened at the very same time as a solar eclipse on the first day of spring.

The rub, however, was that the supermoon wasn't visible to Earth because it was a new moon.

Now we know this supermoon will be far more spectacular than any we've seen for over three decades.

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