What is a Total Lunar Eclipse?
During a total lunar eclipse, the earth’s shadow falls across the moon’s face as the earth moves between the moon and the sun, and the moon is completely covered by earth shadow. The moon and the sun will then be lining up on exactly opposite sides of our planet.
This will be a total eclipse of the full moon and will also be a Super Moon which is when the moon is at its closest point to the earth. The moon will pass through the earth’s shadow. The earth’s shadow is made up of two cone shaped components. The outer shadow is where the earth blocks part of the sun’s rays while the inner shadow, known as the umbra, is where the earth blocks all direct sunlight from reaching the moon.
According to NASA, if you make a point of watching the event tonight you may be in for a treat. A total eclipse of the moon can often be a beautiful and interesting event. There can be a number of secondary phenomena, especially during the time that the moon is entering and then emerging from the earth shadow. This is why it is called a “Super Flower Blood Moon”.
When to see the Total Lunar Eclipse
The blood moon stage will occur at peak totality, which tonight will be at 11:16 GMT.
The total lunar eclipse will be fully visible along the East Coast of Australia. The event will begin at 6:47 PM Brisbane time and reach the maximum eclipse at 9:18 PM Brisbane time. The eclipse will finish at 11:49 PM and the total duration will be 5 hours and two minutes.
Try not to miss this exciting and unique event, being a total eclipse of a supermoon, the first since January 2019.