Red moon to rise
GET up early tomorrow morning and you will be rewarded with the sight of a red moon.
The first lunar eclipse of the year will coincide with a full moon to deliver an astronomical spectacle.
Alloway Observatory director Mac Jonsen said a lunar eclipse happened when the earth got between the sun and the moon.
Anyone watching the eclipse could expect to see the moon turn a reasonably dark red.
The moon will start to move into the earth’s shadow at 4.22am, and the eclipse will last for about an hour-and-a-half.
But Mr Jonsen told the NewsMail the eastern states’ view of the spectacle would be cut short by sunrise.
Well-known astronomer David Reneke said lunar eclipses were one of the most spectacular sights in astronomy and not to be missed.
Mr Reneke said unlike solar eclipses, lunar eclipses were completely safe to watch, but an ordinary pair of binoculars would help magnify the view.