A very rare astronomical event will be taking place in the skies over Australia this month and here’s everything you need to know!
On Janurary 31st a Super Blue-Blood Moon total lunar eclipse will be fully visable from Australia, New Zealand and the Pacific, Indonesia and eastern Asia.
So what’s the deal? Let us break it down:
The Super part
The moon will classify as a Super Moon as it will be full on the same day as it will be located as close as possible to the Earth in its egg-shaped orbit. This means it will be bigger!
The Blue part
The moon will be the second full moon in a calendar month and despite it’s name, won’t be blue.
The Blood part
Here’s the most interesting part, and where the colour comes into it!
The Super Blue Moon will also coincide with a total lunar eclipse event. The moon will reach a point in its orbit where the Earth will completely obstruct the Sun from its view causing all hues of blue to disappear, leaving the moon a copper-red colour!
This combination of events hasn’t occurred since 1866 and won’t again until 2028!
Obviously, a telescope would be ideal, but it should be fine to view with your naked eye as well!