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.
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.
- Timelapse posted on YouTube by Michael Beach
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- News.com.au article with pictures of Lunar Eclipse
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- Wired Article about the Lunar Eclipse
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- Missed the eclipse? View the whole thing on YouTube!
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- A photo posted by Kirk Lockett on South Brisbane Storms Facebook A number of other photos are in the comments
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- Universe Today article about Lunar Eclipse Mostly from a US perspective, but does have some webcasts for those who can't get outside.
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- ABC News Article about Lunar Eclipse
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- News.com.au article about Lunar Eclipse
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