MONTGOMERY - The W.A. Gayle Planetarium will give the public an opportunity to view a rare celestial event on Sunday, Sept. 27.
That night will feature a rare combination of a "supermoon" and a lunar eclipse. A "supermoon" occurs when the moon is closest to Earth during its revolution.
"At this nearest point to the Earth, the moon appears larger in diameter by 14 percent," said Planetarium Director Rick Evans. "It also appears to be brighter by about 30 percent, as seen from Earth, hence the term 'supermoon.'"
This year, the "supermoon" will also coincide with a lunar eclipse, a combination that has only occurred five times since 1910, Evans said.
"You won't want to miss this event," Evans said. "The next 'supermoon' lunar eclipse won't come around until 2033."
The Gayle Planetarium, along with the Auburn Astronomical Society (AAS), will be hosting a "Supermoon" Lunar Eclipse event on the grounds of the Planetarium on the evening of Sept. 27.
The event will start at 6 p.m. with a free planetarium program, "Back to the Moon for Good," narrated by Tim Allen. From 7 -10 p.m. there will be a telescopic viewing of the lunar eclipse.
The event is free and open to the public.
"Bring a picnic basket and enjoy the 'Supermoon' Lunar Eclipse with the whole family," Evans said.
The W.A. Gayle Planetarium is located in Oak Park, across from Jackson Hospital and is operated by Troy University for the City of Montgomery. Opened in 1969, it is one of the largest planetariums between Atlanta and New Orleans.
For more information, call (334) 625-4799, or visit the W.A. Gayle Planetarium on Facebook.