“Just as sunrise and sunset have an orange or reddish color, so is this light that skims through the Earth’s atmosphere into space.
“When you look at the moon during the total lunar eclipse, you see the sunrise and sunset of the Earth illuminating the moon.”
The more dust or clouds in Earth’s atmosphere during the total lunar eclipse, the redder the moon will appear, according to NASA.
Lunar eclipses only occur during full moons, but there is no total lunar eclipse during every full moon cycle.
Tucker, of the ANU Research School of Astronomy and Astrophysics, said this was because the moon’s orbit wasn’t always perfectly aligned with the sun and Earth.
“The moon wobbles about five degrees as it orbits the Earth.
“For the moon to move perfectly in Earth’s shadow, it needs to be aligned with Earth. Sometimes it just skims over the shadow and we get a partial lunar eclipse.”
The next total lunar eclipse visible in Australia will occur on the evening of March 14, 2025.
When should you watch the blood moon in your state?
- NSW, ACT, Victoria and Tasmania: Starts at 8.09 pm, ends at 11.49 pm. The total solar eclipse (when it is completely red) lasts from 9:16 PM to 10:41 PM.
- Queensland: Start at 7:09 p.m., end at 10:49 p.m. The total solar eclipse lasts from 8:16 p.m. to 9:41 p.m.
- South Australia: Starts at 7:43 PM, ends at 11:19 PM. The total solar eclipse lasts from 8:46 PM to 10:11 PM.
- Northern Territory: Start at 6.42 pm, end at 10.19 pm. The total solar eclipse lasts from 7:46 PM to 9:11 PM.
- Western Australia: Start at 6.43 pm, end at 8.49 pm. The total solar eclipse lasts from 6:43 pm to 7:41 pm.
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