Oh, I'm bein' followed by a moonshadow…
We caught up with UQ astronomer Professor Michael Drinkwater who shared his tips on viewing this weekend’s ‘blood moon’ lunar eclipse.
This century’s longest lunar eclipse begins tonight and continues into Saturday morning, as the moon passes between the Earth and sun and will appear to turn red in what’s commonly called a ‘blood moon’.
Those in Australia will be in great position to view the eclipse, and as it’s a lunar eclipse, rather than a solar eclipse, you won’t need glasses or protective equipment to view it in its entirety.
Professor Michael Drinkwater, an astronomer specialising in cosmology and the formation of small galaxies said.
“This is a total eclipse of the Moon by the Earth’s shadow. The Moon isn’t completely dark because some light gets scattered by the atmosphere of the Earth and still gives a dim illumination of the Moon. The light that comes through the atmosphere is red, so you get to see a dim, red Moon during the eclipse,” he said.
“It starts around 3am Saturday morning, but the full eclipse only starts around 5am, so you will only see the dim and red eclipsed Moon for a short time before sunrise.
"The Moon will be setting, so look to the West, directly opposite to the rising Sun. People in Brisbane City might get a great view of the red Moon over Mt Coo-tha, but not if it’s cloudy!”
If you want to know the exact time you can watch the eclipse in your part of the world, the good folks as NASA have a website - https://go.nasa.gov/2uTygU6