STUNNING SIGHT: Head outdoors to see the total lunar eclipse tonight.
STUNNING SIGHT: Head outdoors to see the total lunar eclipse tonight. NASA Media

Set your sights on rare 'blood moon'

SET your sights on the horizon tonight as the heavens will feature a "blood moon".

The moon will glow red as the night sky will be darkened by a total lunar eclipse, the second this year.

While the moon is in the Earth's shadow, a red glow occurs as sunlight bends around the Earth's atmosphere.

Scenic Rim Astronomy Association secretary Mark Lohmann said Eastern Australia was in the best position to view tonight's lunar eclipse.

For the best views, Mr Lohman said to head to the edge of town away from street lighting.

"City lights are not going to affect it too much but the darker the better," he said.

"Most people will be able to see it from their houses."

The eclipse begins at 7.15pm as it starts glowing red.

The total eclipse begins at 8.27pm where the moon is completely red. At 8.55pm the moon is closest to the centre of the shadow.

Fingers will be crossed we are spared the low rain clouds predicted to come in at night but even if there is cloud cover Mr Lohmann said it should be still worth a look.

"When it is at its darkest the stars will come through around it."

Mr Lohmann said binoculars and mobile phone telescope settings were ideal to view the eclipse and cameras should be set to manual and daylight settings for the best photos.



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