Lunar eclipse tonight starting at 4:24 am, AEST

I meant to mention it sooner: Longest lunar eclipse of the 21st century to shine bright red in Australia’s early morning sky tonight.

You’ll need to set your alarm clock if you want to see this century’s longest lunar eclipse on Saturday morning.

If you can brave the early morning winter chill, you’ll be rewarded with a spectacular red moon that fades into the western horizon as dawn approaches.

Weather permitting, the eclipse will be visible right across Australia at the same time, starting around 4:24am AEST (and equivalent local times) on July 28.

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31 Responses to Lunar eclipse tonight starting at 4:24 am, AEST

  1. stackja

    Steve, Sydney usually has cloud obscuring any such event. If I am awake I will look.

  2. Elle

    I was just about to post this on the open thread. You beat me to it here, Steve.

    http://www.abc.net.au/news/science/2018-07-27/longest-lunar-eclipse-to-shine-bright-red-in-australian-sky/9959326

    I’m setting my alarm clock.

  3. Roberto

    And very close to the eclipsed moon you’ll see Mars blazing away in all its glory, just a few hours past opposition.

  4. Rae

    Sydney forecast is for clear sky at 3.00 am and mostly clear at 6.00 am, so hopefully the view will be good.

  5. win

    Reading the Cat and watching the eclipse. Not a cloud in the sky in Brisbane . Thanks Roberto I have wondered what that bright morning star was called.

  6. RobK

    Solid cloud over the Midwest of WA.

  7. Bruce of Newcastle

    Sadly cloud here too. So I’ve got the NASA live stream going.

    https://www.pscp.tv/NASA/1ynKOYzOWvXJR

  8. win

    Mars and moon are sinking into the trees a nd the moon with a a filagree of leaves is definitely red.

  9. Shy Ted

    Nice and clear in Adelaide, very pretty with Mars at 11 o’clock. Thanks to my neighbours for keeping me awake all night so I could see it.

  10. Shelley

    I’m in central Australia away from any light pollution and it was spectacular. Thanks for the reminder Steve.

  11. Shelley

    Whoops, something went wrong with posting.

    I am in Central Australia with no light pollution. Very spectacular. Thanks for the reminder Steve.

  12. W Hogg

    I assumed if TheirABC said it, it must be FakeNews

  13. JohnJJJ

    Actually at evening time you can see Mars and moon in east, Jupiter straight above you and Venus in the West. All shinning very bright and in perfect symmetry.
    I believe when they align like that I am in for big money.

  14. Mater

    It was awesome here. Thanks Steve.

  15. Roberto

    Actually at evening time you can see Mars and moon in east, Jupiter straight above you and Venus in the West. All shinning very bright and in perfect symmetry.

    Saturn’s very clear too at the moment, between Jupiter and Mars.

  16. win

    This has been magic for me. Thank you Steve Roberto and Johnjjj, my night time perambulations and star gazing now have focus.

  17. Armadillo

    Three. Don’t come and dance with me.

  18. Armadillo

    666 – Number of the beast.

  19. Armadillo

    Eighth. And still under the radar.

  20. Armadillo

    9th hole – The place where mOnster slovenly walks up to the Ladies tee.

  21. Armadillo

    Ten – The number of Commandments, which are universally ignored. It’s like telling a kid “don’t”.

  22. Myrddin Seren

    Hello ‘dillo !

  23. Armadillo

    11 – One and one.

  24. Armadillo

    I’ll be back. Another time. Another thread. I’m on a mission. I will not be thwarted.

  25. Myrddin Seren

    I’ll be back. Another time. Another thread. I’m on a mission. I will not be thwarted.

    We shall see, My Armoured Friend – we shall see.

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