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2015 Chinese Moon Festival, a.k.a. Chinese Mid-Fall Festival, is on September 27, 2015 in China time zone. But the full moon is on September 28, 2015 in China time zone and on September 27, 2015 in USA time zones. This full moon will be extraordinary brighter, bigger and fuller. This full moon has supermoon, blood red moon and total lunar eclipse. People n China cannot see this total lunar eclipse, American can see it in all time zones.

Time Zone  Total eclipse begins    Midpoint of eclipse    Total eclipse ends 
EDT (USA) 09-27-2015 10:11 p.m.  09-27-2015 10:47 p.m.  09-27-2015 11:23 p.m.
PDT (USA) 09-27-2015 07:11 p.m.  09-27-2015 07:47 p.m.  09-27-2015 08:23 p.m.

Time is the US day-light saving time.

Chinese Moon Festival is the 15th lunar day of the month. The many full moon dates are on the 16th lunar day. The explanation is at 2015 Chinese Moon Festival.

In China, "Moon is extraordinary full during Mid-Autumn" has been told from generation to generation. Some people wonder the moon of the Chinese Moon Festival is always a Super Full Moon, which is a Supermoon appears on the Full Moon day. This full moon will be extraordinary brighter, bigger and fuller.

2014 Supermoon Mid-Fall Festival Firstly, we need to know what Supermoon is. The "Supermoon" is not an astronomical term. It's from modern astrology. Astrologer Richard Nolle defined a new or full moon which occurs with the moon at or near (within 90% of) its closest approach to Earth. Here, we interest only in Full Moon.

Supermoon is related to the distance between Earth and Moon. The average distance from Earth to Moon is 382,500 kilometers (237,700 miles). There is no simple formula to determine the Supermoon. In order to memorize easily the number some people adopt this way. If a full moon is closer than 360,000 kilometers (223,694 miles), it is considered a Supermoon. There are more than one Supermoons in a year.

People always interest in the largest moon. So the closest Supermoon of the year becomes the Super Full Moon.
The following are Supper Full Moon dates. All dates are calculated by Universal time (UTC).

  • August 10, 2014
  • September 28, 2015  (also Lunar Total Eclipse)
  • November 14, 2016
  • January 2, 2018
  • February 19, 2019
  • April 07, 2020

Lunar Perigee is the closest point to the earth. But the date of Perigee of the year is not necessary a Full Moon day. That means Supermoon is not necessary a Perigee, either. The Perigee Full Moon must be the largest, brightest and fullest moon in the year. They are

January 1, 2018 is Perigee Moon, not Full Moon date. January 2, 2018 is a Super Full Moon date.

The date of Chinese Moon Festival is the 15th moon day of 8th Chinese lunar month (Chicken month). The new moon day is the first day of a Chinese Lunar Month. Since the first day of 8th lunar month is 08-25-2014 in China time zone, therefore, the Moon Festival is on 09-08-2014. But August 9.2014 is not a Full Moon date. August 10, 2014 is the Full Moon date. That means the moon of August 10 is a Supermoon and will be larger than in the night of Chinese Moon Festival.

2015 Chinese Moon Festival is on September 27, 2015 in China time zone. The Perigee Full Moon is on September 28, 2015 in the China time zone. The moon in the night of 16th lunar day is larger than Moon Festival night.

The perigee distance of September 2014 is about 356,882 km. The perigee distance of September 2015 is about 358,404,882 km. The moon of 2015 Moon Festival will be larger, brighter and fuller than 2014.

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