Don't miss the total lunar eclipse on Wednesday, January 31.
Don't miss the total lunar eclipse on Wednesday, January 31. Contributed

When you can see blood moon in South Burnett

SOUTH Burnett residents should look to the skies next week for a celestial experience rarely seen.

Most of Australia will be able to experience a blood moon, or total lunar eclipse, on the night of Wednesday, January 31.

But this is not just a normal blood moon.

It coincides with a supermoon, and a blue moon - the second full moon of the month.

These three events last coincided more than 150 years ago.

Kingaroy Observatory astronomer James Barclay said most people in the South Burnett would be in a great position to experience the unique event.

"It's going to appear slightly larger, it's going to appear slightly darker and blood red," Mr Barclay said.

"The moon will be quite high, it will be accessible from all over the South Burnett. Hopefully it won't be cloudy."

The next blood moon will not occur until 2021.

"They don't happen that often," he said.

Key times  
  • Partial eclipse begins: 9.50pm
  • Total Eclipse begins: 10.50pm
  • Middle of Eclipse (Blood Moon): 11.30pm
  • Total eclipse ends: 12.07am
  • Partial eclipse ends: 1.10am
 
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