What you need to know about tonight's rare Blood Micro Moon!

scandal 19/11/2021

If you are looking for something special to do on a Friday night, all you have to do is look upwards!

Expect to see the moon change colours tonight as 97% will be covered by the deepest part of the Earth's shadow. The "blood moon" will be turning into a red/orange colour as the Earth is positioned between the sun and the moon.  It is the second Lunar Eclipse we’ve seen this year after the previous one in May.

Tonight's "blood micro moon" will also be the longest partial lunar eclipse New Zealand has seen in more than 800 years. This won’t happen again until 2669, so make sure to keep an eye out for it! Don’t worry though as the lunar eclipse will occur for about three and a half hours.

Astronomer Rob Davidson from Stardome Observatory said in an interview,

It will start just after the moon rises, about 8:20pm. As it rises higher and higher in the sky the shadow will move across the face. Just after 10pm is when it will be at its peak. That will be the best time if you want to catch some of that red colour.

If you decide to stay inside tonight, don't be alarmed! It's more than likely your Insta will be full of blurry photos of this beautiful moon.