Enjoy this photo of an Alabama sunset made in Marion County as a waxing crescent moon drops low in the western sky Tuesday September 15, 2015. The beginning of this moon phase marks the imminent occurrence of a total lunar eclipse that will take place on the night of September 27th when the moon becomes full. That full moon, known as the Harvest Moon, will pass through the earth's shadow and take on a deep red appearance. Not only that, the moon will also be taking its closest sweep toward earth in its orbit around our planet- known as perigee. So the moon will appear just a little larger than usual. For folks in the Central Time Zone the eclipse begins at prime time- 7:11 pm when the moon enters the earth's penumbral shadow. Full eclipse begins at 9:11 pm and the moon will be totally in shadow at 9:47 pm. But in the mean time get out any night and enjoy the moon. On September 18 the moon will be passing near Saturn in the southwestern sky.
Michael E. Palmer is a writer and photographer based in Alabama.
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