James Barclay at the Maidenwell Obsevatory which is open to the public.
James Barclay at the Maidenwell Obsevatory which is open to the public. Debbie Beaven/Dalby Herald

Don’t miss out on spectacular lunar eclipse

A TOTAL lunar eclipse is expected to light up the South Burnett at the weekend and Kingaroy Observatory owner Jim Barclay said it would be a spectacular night for all ages.

"The reason why we don't see a total lunar eclipse every full moon is because the moon's orbit is tilted at 5.2 degrees," Mr Barclay said.

Mr Barclay said total lunar eclipses occurred about twice a year but were not seen in every country.

He said the eclipse would begin about 8.30pm, but the best time to see it would be 10pm on Saturday.

"You will start to see a slight darkening like someone has taken a magical bite out of the moon," Mr Barclay said.

"It will get a darker red or a coppery red colour every five minutes and you will see a shadow going across it."

"The best way to see the total lunar eclipse is a SLR, compact camera or binoculars," he said.

"You should also use a tripod for best results."

Mr Barclay said the eclipse might be difficult to see with a hand-held camera, but would still be possible.

He urged people to go outside for the eclipse because the next one would only be in 2018 in Australia.

"Make sure you don't miss this one because it's the most spectacular sight ever witnessed by humans," he said.

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