If you’re like me and completely fascinated by things you have no scientific or technical understanding of, then you’ll be absolutely psyched for this cool space phenomenon that’s about to occur which is unofficially known as the ‘Super Blue Blood Moon’. If you haven’t heard about it by now, well, to be honest, you’ve come to the wrong place for the proper rundown on what the heck is actually happening. NASA gives a great explanation of the phenomenon here.
To give it my best crack, the event we shall be #blessed with tomorrow night will see three lunar events coinciding to form one gigantic lunar event that’s not to be missed. It’s a full moon, but it’s the second one in a month, which makes it a blue moon. Yes, as in, ‘once in a blue moon’, which in reality is a weird saying because these are apparently not that uncommon. Then it’s also a super moon, which is a full moon at it’s closest point to Earth in a single orbit, making it look huge. And, finally, it’s a blood moon, which is basically a fancy word for a full lunar eclipse, coined because Earth casts a red shadow onto the moon as they come into alignment with each other. Or something.
While my explanation of this rare and exciting event might be sub-par, I promise I’ve got the goods when it comes to where and when to watch it. We Melburnian's are going to be able to see ‘totality’ (the part where the moon is red) start at 11:51pm, ending at 1:08am. If you want to see the part where Earth’s shadow creeps on the moon, get there at 11pm. So get your tripods out and schedule your dinner in early: here’s where to lay down your picnic rug for the Super Blue Blood Moon in Melbourne.
You're going to need to find a high point, and there's no higher point that Sky High. Sure it's a bit of a trek out that way at this time of night, but your uninterrupted views (unless there are clouds) will be totally worth it.
One of Melbourne's highest points provides a great view of the city and should also give you some clear space to watch the super blood moon. Mount Cooper is actually a volcanic vent and last erupted 9.2 million years ago, so you should be safe tonight.
Yarra Bend Park
There's plenty of open space and high points along the river at Yarra Bend Park, you may as well take a picnic and make a night of it.
Another massive park with plenty of open space, Jells Park should be where you're heading if you're out in the eastern suburbs and don't want to climb uphill to Mount Dandenong.
Port Phillip Bay
While we wouldn't recommend heading out onto the bay at night if you're inexperienced, you're probably going to get some great views out there. So track down your mate with a boat, or hire a professional to take you out onto the chilly Port Phillip Bay waters.
Just an hour drive from the city, Mount Macedon's lookout should give you some great views of the super blood moon. Bonus: if the weather is clear enough you'll also get a great view of Melbourne's CBD.
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