The last “super blue blood moon” rolled past more than 150 years ago but when it happens again in less than two weeks, Perth backyards will offer some of the best vantage points on the planet.
In a rare collision of astronomical events, the total lunar eclipse on January 31 will offer some “special extras.”
To start with, it’s the second full moon of the month – or, as it’s more commonly known, a “blue moon” (just to confuse things, it will actually be a deep orange, tinged with red as the moon goes behind the earth’s shadow”).
It’s also what’s known as a a perigee moon, or supermoon, where it looks 14 per cent bigger by virtue of being closer to earth.
And perhaps the best thing of all is that it will happen between 7.30pm and 11pm and will be clearly visible to the naked eye.
“It’s just a fantastic thing and i suggest everyone go out there and have a look at it,” Richard Tonello, from Gingin’s Gravity Discovery Centre, said.
“This happens just after dinner so you can wander outside…you’ll actually see this spectacle from your backyard.
“You don’t need binoculars, you don’t need a telescope, just your eyes.”
The last Super Blue Blood Moon happened in 1866.