RARE EVENT: Grab a pair of binoculars to catch the moon in full view tonight.
RARE EVENT: Grab a pair of binoculars to catch the moon in full view tonight. BARBARA WALTON

WARWICK: Where to watch once-in-a-lifetime eclipse

A SHORT drive out of town might be worth your while if you want a ringside seat to the once-in-a-life-time lunar event tonight.

The rare cosmological sequence has been termed a 'super blue blood moon', referring to the unlikely trifecta of lunar phenomena that is unlikely to be visible in Warwick for another 400 years.

The cosmological trio will occur when a blue moon, a super moon and a blood moon all collide in time.

Local amateur astronomer and geological scientist Stuart Watt said he was looking forward to catching the moon's deep copper colour as millions on sunsets from the earth reflect onto its surface.

"The moon is bathed in that reddish colour that we get in sunsets, so it should be quite spectacular."

Mr Watt said most people should be able to see the 'super' lunar eclipse from the comfort of their back yard, but those in the middle of town could benefit from a short drive out to escape street light spray.

Mr Watt recommended finding a clear spot away from bright lights and tall trees, such as the driver rest spot on the way to the 8 mile or out along the Old Stanthorpe Rd just past Morgan Park.

There's no need for expensive star gazing equipment either, Mr Stuart said a simple pair of binoculars or the naked eye would serve you just fine.

It might pay off to have an afternoon nap though, as you'll have to stay up to catch the main event.

The partial eclipse begins at 9:48pm, and the moon will start to go into deep shadow at 10:51pm.

The darkest park of the eclipse will be at 11:30pm and the moon will start to come out of total eclipse at 12:08am.

If you're eyes are still open, you'll catch the last byte disappearing at 1:12am on Thursday.

The whole sequence takes about 3 hours, and the moon will be totally eclipsed for an hour and 20 minutes.

Mr Watt said he will be poised with his camera to catch the event and reminded photographers to keep adjusting their exposure settings at the light intensity changes over the cycle of the eclipse.



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