Tonight something special will be hanging in the skies above Melbourne. Weather permitting, our starry skies will be lit up with the hat trick of lunar events: a super blue blood moon eclipse.
That long name comes from three lunar events happening concurrently tonight: a supermoon (where the moon’s orbit is closest to Earth), a blood moon (where sunlight interacting with the Earth’s atmosphere makes the moon appear red) and a blue moon (when two full moons occur in one month).
Any of those moons are pretty common individually, but it’s rare to see them happen together. The last time Australia was graced by a super blue blood moon was in 1982 and in some parts of the world there hasn’t been one since 1866.
Tomorrow might be a good time to take a half day because to see this moon you’ll have to stay up late. In Melbourne, the trifecta of lunar events will start at 10.48pm but the full super blue bloodiness won’t kick in until 11.51pm. Keen to see it? These spots across Melbourne will give you a stellar view of this celestial stunner.
Tonight the Astronomical Society of Victoria will be setting up portable telescopes on the Princes Bridge from 9.30pm. It’s a free event and there will even be a special telescope set up for taking photos on your phone too.
This favourite fireworks spot is also a great choice if you live in or around Northcote. You can warm up for your moon viewing first with the hill’s gold star view of the city skyline too.
SkyHigh Mt. Dandenong
Anywhere in the Dandenongs with a vantage point will have a good view but our advice is to aim for the stars and head to the apex: SkyHigh at Mt Dandenong. You could even have dinner at the restaurant first before staking out the best view for the moon.
Anywhere in the Melbourne’s eastern suburbs
The Bureau of Meteorology has forecasted a grey day in Melbourne but come midnight the least cloudy skies will be in the east. Even if you’re stuck in the west some patches of clear sky should allow a glimpse at the moon.