Switch off telly and watch moon moves

IF YOU are looking for something interesting to do tonight, a total lunar eclipse could be your answer.

Shortly after 7pm tonight, the moon will pass near the centre of the earth's shadow, turning the moon towards a red colour.

Co-owner of Twinstar Guesthouse and Observatory Bed and Breakfast with an astronomical observatory, Eiji Kato, said one side would be more red than the other.

"What happens is the moon passes through the centre of the earth's shadow," Mr Kato said.

"(Tonight) the moon will be just off centre of the earth's centre, so one side will be more reddish than the other.

"In this case the sun will be directly above the moon so you won't see too many craters on the moon and the shadow of the earth will not be clearly defined."

Mr Kato said anyone could watch it.

"All you need to watch it is your naked eye," he said.

"If you have a set of small binoculars or a small telescope you will probably see it better though.

"It will be good for a family to sit back and watch it happen; it should be quite interesting."

Mr Kato said the weather should not be a problem.

"There's a band of clouds expected to move away and it looks like there's nothing coming afterwards," Mr Kato said.

"It should be reasonably good to watch it."

Lunar eclipses occur twice a year.

A Lunar eclipse is where the earth obscures the light from part of the moon and casts the earth's shadow onto the moon.

A total eclipse is where the earth completely obscures sunlight from the moon.

IMPORTANT TIMES:

 7.14pm - Lunar eclipse begins

 8.25pm - Total eclipse begins

 9.23pm - Total eclipse ends

 10.34pm - Lunar eclipse ends



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