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.
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 Perthites are going to be able to see ‘totality’ (the part where the moon is red) start at 8.51pm, ending at 10.08pm. If you want to see the part where Earth’s shadow creeps on the moon, get there at 7pm. 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 Perth.
The highest point of Buckland Hill in Mosman Park, Monument Hill provides sweeping views to the east which is where you’ll see the moon commence totality, low in the sky not long after sunset. With views of the city and the ocean you’ll feel totally immersed, and the best part is there shouldn’t be too much ‘city light’ around which is apparently ideal conditions for viewing this bad boy.
Bay View Park
For the water babies among us, Bay View Park provides some of the most secluded and, more importantly, some of the darkest spots along the river for your Super Blue Blood Moon picnic. Who’s bringing the moon-themed cupcakes?
Bayswater Riverside Gardens
Seeing as we are getting slightly stitched up in Perth and seeing the moon quite early, the east side of the city is probably going to allow for better viewing than anywhere. The Bayswater Riverside Gardens with its big grass areas has some pretty damn good picnic spots, and it’s also got a bunch of interesting walking and cycle tracks if you want to incorporate some exercise into the whole outing.
Point Walter Sandbar
If you just wanna do the ‘pop out and see it for ten minutes’ job, then the Point Walter Sandbar might be a good spot for you to see this Super Blue Blood Moon in Perth. Take a walk out as far as the river’s tide will allow, check the moon with its reflection on the water in full glory, then scurry back to the car. There are plenty of spots to park up along the river there too, if you decide it’s worth staying for.
Kings Park is a never-fail when it comes to seeing anything in the sky. The best spots to see this particular event are right along the Fraser Avenue lawns with city views galore, or you could venture up the DNA tower if you’re feeling the cosmic energy. Either way, we’re sure the night will be filled with lots of gushing and the old chorus of ‘we should really come here more often!’
Lesmurdie Falls National Park
If you’ve been meaning to get out to the Darling Scarp, now’s the time, because there will probably be no better place to see this galactic spectacle than on our eastern escarpment. Lesmurdie Falls National Park is a particularly good spot because there’s nice open parkland with BBQ’s if you wanna’ make a night of it, and it’s only a short walk up to the viewing platform so you can boost your views.
If you want to make it to the official Stargazer’s Party—that’s what I’m calling it—this is the place to be. The GDC Observatory and the Astronomy Education Services are teaming up to put on a free community event for the people of Perth to really soak in all this event has to offer. They’ll even have telescopes and big screen TVs!
Yokine locals are gifted with one of Perth’s highest points—Yokine Hill reaches 83m above sea level and is the perfect spot to watch the moon paint our beautiful sky red! While not allowing for much picnicking, it’s a great spot to set up a tripod or stand with a craned neck, iPhone in hand and capture the moon in full view.
The highest natural point on our metro coastal plain, you can’t go past Reabold Hill as a spot to watch the Super Blue Blood Moon. You get incredible views from up here, especially—and we’re not condoning it—if you climb up onto the roof of the viewing platform. You can see the ocean—sometimes Rotto—the city skyline, darling scarp and glimpses of the Swan River. It’s crazy. The big red moon’s just gonna be the cherry (ha! cherry) on top.
If you want to take in the lunar views with a cocktail in hand, this beaut rooftop haunt is the spot. If you haven’t made it there yet, the Prince Lane rooftop bar is a literal urban oasis, with glittering lights and greenery set against the backdrop of the city. You could grab one of their dee-licious frozen blood orange martinis to match the moon!
If, again, you’re like me, and you’ve already booked Fringe tickets for the night without realising that it’s actually the universe who’s putting on the show, never fear: let The Standard’s rooftop bar be your urban vantage point. Offering up pretty wide open views of the sky as far as Northbridge bars go, The Standard will easily double up as a great viewing platform and a place to enjoy a champas before your show or a nightcap after it.
If none of those are going to work for you, head to the outdoor cinemas and pray you can catch a glimpse.
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