If you cast your eyes to the skies TONIGHT, you’re in for a celestial surprise – a rare super blood moon.

The super moon will occur at the same time as a Total Lunar Eclipse, as the moon move into Earth’s direct shadow.

ANU Astrophysicist, Dr Brad Tucker promising it’ll be quite the sight, with the astronomical event happens only occurring about every five years.

“As the Moon perfectly centres in the Earth’s shadow, it hits this orange-red light.

“So during the peak of the Total Lunar Eclipse, you are seeing Earth’s sunrise and sunset lighting up the Moon!”

As well as it’s orange-red tinge, the moon will also appear larger in out skies as it orbits about 50,000 kms closer to Earth than usual.

“When you combine this closer orbit with a total lunar eclipse, a Super Blood Moon is born!”


Dr Tucker said the action starts at 7.44pm in Canberra, when the Moon will slowly darken for about one-and-a-half hours.

According to the Bureau of meteorology, cloud cover across Canberra on Wednesday morning is expected to clear later in the day, allowing perfect conditions to take in the spectacle.

“What’s even better is that you don’t need any special equipment to see the spectacle; though a camera to capture the incredible view is always recommended.”  Dr Tucker added.