- Publish Date
- Wednesday, 31 January 2018, 12:24PM
Be ready New Zealanders.. you're going to have to stay up super late or wake up super early if you're wanting to see this extremely rare super blue blood moon!
The last one was in 1866. It's been 152 years since the last one so, DO NOT MISS IT!
If you're wondering what the heck a Super Blue Blood Moon is well... let me take you back to high school and give you a little Astronomy lesson. A Super Blue Blood Moon is the combination of three lunar phenomenons: A supermoon, a blue moon, and a blood moon. A Super moon is when a full moon coincides with a close approach to earth. A blue moon is the second full moon in a calendar month. And a blood moon is the total eclipse that gives the moon a red hue around it as the suns light travels through our atmosphere.
And in plain English... basically the moon is going to be brighter, look bigger and have a reddish tint to it.
It's all happening tonight Wednesday 31st of January. You're going to have to wait until 11:51pm New Zealand time to see it and it will last one hour and 1 minutes with the peak happening at 1:51am on February 1st.
South Islanders this one is for you! You'll have the best view down there... you have the least light pollution in the sky so lucky for you the best view in the entire country!
If you're not lucky enough to be down there tonight, well, anywhere away from lights will do you just fine. Also, Auckland's Stardome is holding a special lunar eclipse sighting at the observatory.
Happy moon watching!