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Blood moon rising

Wednesday, 10th January, 2018

Outback Astronomy’s Linda Nadge says a good pair of binoculars is all you will need to see the Blood Moon and Lunar Eclipse this month. Outback Astronomy’s Linda Nadge says a good pair of binoculars is all you will need to see the Blood Moon and Lunar Eclipse this month.

By Myles Burt

Broken Hill can expect a visual spectacle when the moon turns a deep red, just before the Lunar Eclipse later this month. 

Otherwise known as a Blood Moon, the display will be visible about 10:20pm on Wednesday, January 31 as the moon starts going behind the sun. 

Linda Nadge, from Outback Astronomy, said that the Blood Moon was caused by  sunlight refracting off the Earth’s atmosphere to give it a unique orange and red colour. 

The more dust in the atmosphere means a deeper red, which places Broken Hill in a prime position.

Lunar eclipse times

Moonrise: 7:53pm

Sunset: 8:06pm

Partial Eclipse: 9:20pm

Total Eclipse: 11:20 - 12:40pm

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