Australians will have best view of a rare super red blue Moon -- but cloudy weather means they might not see it

A supermoon rises above the skyline with the Sydney Opera House in foreground on September 28, 2015 in Sydney, Australia. Photo: Getty Images.

Australians will have best view of a rare super red blue Moon tonight (Wednesday, January 31), but the weather forecast isn’t ideal for star gazing.

The once in a 150-year event may be missed by many Australians tonight thanks to cloud cover spanning most of the country.

According to predictions by the Bureau of Meteorology, only those in Brisbane and Perth are likely to see it.


Here’s a look at the satellite images for tonight at 9.30pm — just before the eclipse starts (for the eastern states).

The total lunar eclipse will last an hour until around 1am AEDT.


The second full Moon of the month, which is known as a blue Moon, coincides with a total lunar eclipse, called a red Moon, and the Moon being at one of its closest points to earth in its orbit, called a supermoon.

Viewers will see a blood Moon, a Moon coloured bright red as the Earth’s shadow passes over it.

“Unlike most of the world, we will be able to see the eclipse from beginning to end,” says astrobiologist Charley Lineweaver, an Australian National University Associate Professor.

“Another perk of this celestial show is that the earth’s shadow will not pass over any old full Moon, rather, it will pass over a super Moon — it will be closer and brighter than usual.

“Thus, we will witness a super red blue Moon … a cosmic syzygy even rarer than a blue Moon.”

Additional reporting by Chris Pash.

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