THE eastern half of Australia will be treated to a total eclipse of the Moon tonight, just as the sun begins to set in the west.
A clear sky will make for a spectacular sight with the Moon expected to appear large and red on the eastern horizon, earning its name as the “Blood Moon”.
Tonight’s total eclipse will be the first since December 2011, and unlike a solar eclipse, a lunar eclipse is safe to look at and photograph.
ARTICLE CONTINUES AFTER THIS ADVERTISEMENT
The best vantage point being a clear view looking out over the ocean.
The view is expected to be blocked by neighbouring houses or trees for those residents in inland suburbs.
How dark a red the moon will turn will be entirely dependent on the atmospheric conditions at the time.
A total lunar eclipse occurs when the Earth is perfectly aligned between the moon and the sun, with the moon hiding behind Earth in its shadow.
The next total lunar eclipses in Australia will occur on 8 October 2014 and 4 April 2015.
– GOLD COAST ECLIPSE TIMES –
3.59pm: Partial eclipse begins below the horizon (not directly visible)
5.08pm: Total Eclipse begins below the horizon (not directly visible)
5.24pm: Moonrise below the horizon (not directly visible)
5.46pm: Maximum Eclipse close to horizon, make sure you have free sight to East.
6.23pm: Total moon eclipse ends.
7.32pm: Partial moon eclipse ends.
– AUSTRALIAN CAPITAL CITY ECLIPSE TIMES –
BRISBANE: 5.27pm moon rises | 5.46pm maximum eclipse | 6.25pm total eclipse ends | 7.33pm eclipse ends.
ADELAIDE: Moon rises at 5.48pm | Total eclipse ends at 5.55pm | Eclipse ends at 7.03pm
HOBART: Moon rises at 5.33pm | Maximum eclipse at 5.46pm | Total eclipse ends at 6.25pm | Eclipse ends at 7.33pm.
MELBOURNE: Moon rises at 5.49pm | Total eclipse ends at 6.25pm | Eclipse ends at 7.33pm.
SYDNEY: Moon rises at 5.28pm | Maximum eclipse at 5.46pm | Total eclipse ends at 6.25pm | Eclipse ends at 7.33pm.
DARWIN: The Moon rises at 6.41pm | Eclipse ends at 7.33pm.