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’Super blue blood moon’ to grace Australian skies in special lunar eclipse - Science News
The heavens are lining up and a stunning blood red moon will grace our sky tonight during a special total lunar eclipse.
If you’re anywhere in Australia, you’ll have a ringside seat — weather permitting — to the first total lunar eclipse since 2015.
Those in the west will get the most mind-bending view if the sky is clear.
Supermoon or superbuzz?
This lunar eclipse occurs more than a day after the Moon has come closest to Earth in this orbit. That just makes it a ‘supermoon’ — the third in three months — based on a loose definition first coined by an astrologist.
But it’s hard to spot the difference between a supermoon, even at its closest, and a regular full moon, says Dr Hill.
"There’s a tiny difference, but it’s not something we can see or relate to in the night sky.
“The ‘supermoon’ is just a bit of a superbuzz,” she says.
Find out more in our Beginner’s Guide to the Moon.
For much of Australia, the eclipse also just happens to fall on the second full moon of the calendar month — otherwise known as a “blue moon”.
You may have read that this event is first time a “blue, blood moon” has happened in 150 years. While it’s a relatively rare combination, some parts of the world (including Australia) were lucky enough to see a total lunar eclipse on a blue moon just over 35 years ago.
A total lunar eclipse occurs when the Earth’s shadow moves across the Moon, blocking out the light from the Sun.
The first of two total lunar eclipses this year will be visible right across Australia, Asia, the west coast of North America and the Pacific.
And it will be a beauty, says astronomer Tanya Hill of the Melbourne Planetarium.
“This one is going almost right into the centre of the Earth’s shadow, so it will be lovely and long,” Dr Hill says.
"It will be a fantastic eclipse to see.
Shadow across the Moon
Everyone across Australia will see the Earth’s shadow glide across the Moon at exactly the same time over three hours starting from about 10:48pm (AEDT) (see timezone conversions below).
“Slowly you’ll see that shadow move across the Moon until it completely engulfs it. That’s when we have the beautiful colour of totality forming,” Dr Hill explains.
“After an hour or so the Moon will start to emerge and you’ll start to see the moon brightening up as it completely drifts away from the Earth’s shadow.”
And you don’t need special equipment to see it.
“If you do have a telescope or binoculars you do get to see a better or closer view, but it’s certainly not required to watch that shadow cross,” Dr Hill says.
Astronomer Brad Tucker of the Australian National University says the red appearance is caused by the light filtering and bending properties of our atmosphere.
“That red appearance is really the sunrise and the sunset of the Earth falling on the Moon,” he says.
When to watch the eclipse
Everyone in Australia will see the full eclipse, but people living in eastern states will get a different view to the west.
Partial eclipse begins Total eclipse begins Maximum eclipse Total eclipse ends Partial eclipse ends
Adelaide 10:18 PM 11:22 PM Midnight 12:38 AM (Feb 1) 1:41 AM (Feb 1)
Brisbane 9:48 PM 10:52 PM 11:30 PM 12:08 PM (Feb 1) 1:11 AM (Feb 1)
Canberra 10:48 PM 11:52 PM 12:30 AM (Feb 1) 1:08 AM (Feb 1) 2:11 AM (Feb 1)
Darwin 9:18 PM 10:22 PM 11:00 PM 11:38 PM 12:41 AM (Feb 1)
Hobart 10:48 PM 11:52 PM 12:30 AM (Feb 1) 1:08 AM (Feb 1) 2:11 AM (Feb 1)
Melbourne 10:48 PM 11:52 PM 12:30 AM (Feb 1) 1:08 AM (Feb 1) 2:11 AM (Feb 1)
Perth 7:48 PM 8:52 PM 9:30 PM 10:08 PM 11:11 PM
Sydney 10:48 PM 11:52 PM 12:30 AM (Feb 1) 1:08 AM (Feb 1) 2:11 AM (Feb 1)
Note: Full moon occurs at 12:26 AM AEDT Feb 1 (and equivalent time zones).
While the eastern states will see the full eclipse high in the sky, those on the west coast will see the eclipse start just after the sun sets and the moon rises.
“They’ll have a really fantastic view of this strangely large moon as it wanders into Earth’s shadow,” Dr Hill says.
This extra big moon is not because it’s a “supermoon”; it’s an optical illusion that makes things on the horizon look bigger.
“Our brain tricks us into thinking the moon is much bigger than what it actually is,” Dr Hill says.
A simple way West Australians can test this is to hold your thumb next to the Moon at the beginning of the eclipse, then put your thumb against the Moon when it is higher in the sky.
“You’ll see that it hasn’t changed size at all,” she says.
How rare is rare?
You may have read that a “blue, blood moon” is a “once-in-a-lifetime” event. That’s true only if you live in North America.
The last time people living in North America saw a total lunar eclipse on a blue moon was on March 31, 1866. This eclipse was not a “supermoon”. Nor was it visible from Australia.
“Everybody who is on the night side of the Earth will see the lunar eclipse, anyone who is on the day side won’t because the sun is in the sky and not the full moon,” Dr Hill explains.
However, total lunar eclipses during blue moons occurred over Australia on December 30, 1982 and December 30, 1963. But, thanks to time zone differences, these were not blue moons in North America. Both these eclipses would have been “supermoons”.
Even this lunar eclipse doesn’t happen on a blue moon for everyone in Australia.
The full moon happens at a precise time — 1:26PM UTC January 31— everywhere around the world at the equivalent time. This means the full moon will fall on January 31 in most Australian time zones, but it will be 12:26 AM February 1 in New South Wales, Victoria, Tasmania and the Australian Capital Territory.
“Technically it’s not a blue moon for those states, but for everyone else it is,” Dr Hill says.
First of two total lunar eclipses this year
If you miss this eclipse don’t despair. We will get another chance to see a total lunar eclipse in the early hours of July 28, 2018.
People living in the eastern states will see the eclipse slip below the horizon during totality just before sunrise.
“It will look lovely and big low down on the horizon as it sets,” Dr Hill says.
“Whereas across in Perth or the rest of the country will actually get to see most of the eclipse playing out and the moon will be just re-emerging from the Earth’s shadow as the moon sets.”
There will be another total lunar eclipse on January 19, 2019. But this one won’t be visible from Australia so you’ll need to travel to North or South America to get the best view of that one.
“It’ll be daytime for us when it is playing out on the other side of the globe,” Dr Hill says.
Lunar eclipses are also paired with solar eclipses.
“You always get a solar and a lunar eclipse happening within a couple of weeks of each other,” she says.
There will be a partial solar eclipse over Tasmania, southern Victoria and South Australia on July 13.
Won’t be able to see ■■■■ here, cloudy as
No cloud, nice bright moon, eclipse has started eating into it.
what a superb sky in Melbourne
It’s awesome, E12 probably thinks it’s a leftist plot
I can tell it’s Photoshopped because of the pixels. Can’t con me, Doe.
Clear as glass down here, … & a short walk down the back lane and into the paddocks means absolute zero light pollution.
Funny that through the binoculars it actually has a blue ring around it, but the red glow disappears.
Near full blood now.
Being from the Dark Ages, … Trip is probably chanting and performing a sacrifice right about now …
worth staying up for
Not sure if the 100 miles or so is making a big difference, or if the photos are delayed, …but she’s fully red here now.
red on a black background
GO BOMBER MOON
Agreed, … and thanks to HMG, … I just had a wee dram of the Glen Morangie to enjoy it with. (It is a touch nippy out here, … and well, all that Howling is hell on the throat… )