Lunar Eclipse Moonrise Tonight!

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The Moon will rise at about 5:30pm and it will be already in a total lunar eclipse. A total lunar eclipse is where the Moon is passing through the Earth’s shadow. Because of the alignment of the Sun, Earth and Moon, sometimes it only partially travels through the shadow and other times it’s entirely in it. Tonight it will be entirely in the shadow of the earth making it a total lunar eclipse.

How a lunar eclipse works

How a lunar eclipse works

The Moon won’t be totally dark though! Some light bends through the atmosphere around the edges of the Earth as viewed from the Moon. This light is mostly red, for the same reason sunsets are red. So this red light will make the Moon look a pale red colour which can be really quite spectacular!

In Brisbane the Moon will rise at 5:27pm and the Moon will be in the most total part of the Earth’s shadow, called the maximum, at 5:46pm. At 6:25pm the sun’s light will start to directly hit the edge of the Moon again and gradually will return the Moon to full brightness. The eclipse will have ended by 7:33pm.

Lunar Eclipse 15/04/2014

Lunar Eclipse 15/04/2014 – Mars is to the left up from the moon. Photo by David Findlay

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Ex TC Ita now 500km Off Brisbane

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Ex TC Ita has continued it quick march down the QLD Coast and is now already off Brisbane, but we won’t see much from it. On the latest satellite images it’s just a swirl of clouds around a low pressure system. Over the coming days it will eventually end up reaching New Zealand.

Just a swirl now!

Just a swirl now!

Here’s a list of my articles(with lots of links on each) that I posted about Cyclone Ita, as well as a few extra in the wrap up for this event!

Note: Links to BOM Warnings and Forecasts will no longer work as they’ve now expired.

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Cyclone Ita Continues to Follow QLD Coastline

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At 3pm Sunday 13/04/2014 Cyclone Ita was near Bowen as a Category 1 system. It is producing heavy rain across a wide area as it moves south. The BOM is expecting it to go offshore again on a South Easterly track heading out into the Coral Sea from Yeppoon.

In the 24hrs prior to 9am 13/04/2014 rainfall totals of greater than 150mm were received in widespread areas from Mossman to Townsville. Since 9am the greatest rainfall totals have been in the Bowen area, with some flash flooding in that town.

At 9pm 13/04/2014 Cyclone Ita was located just south east of the Whitsunday Islands. It currently has wind gusts near 95km/h at the centre and heavy rain areas to the south.

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Large 7.6 Magnitude Earthquake in the Solomon Islands

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A 7.6 Magnitude earthquake has struck south of the Solomon Islands at 6:14AEST am this morning. The BOM has determined there is no tsunami threat to Australia. The earthquake was at a depth of 29.3km. Initially the Pacific Tsunami Warning Centre did issue a Tsunami warning for the region around the epicentre but this has since been cancelled.

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