In Australia, we’re lucky for a multitude of reasons: we’re surrounded by incredible beaches, have great food and wine (not to mention coffee), and there have been very few reports of werewolves coming out during full moons. This is all about to change, though, with what scientists are dubbing a ‘super blue blood moon’ on 31 January (which is TONIGHT), and we’re telling you, you don’t want to miss it.
What is this crazy-sounding, werewolf-transforming phenomenon, you ask? Well, essentially, it’s a combo of a super moon, blue moon AND blood moon all happening in one night. Pretty cool, right?
To add to the drama tonight’s moon will also bring us a total lunar eclipse!
Even cooler, our friends on the other side of the world (we’re looking at you, ‘Merica, Africa and the UK) won’t get a chance in hell of seeing this incredible view unfold, it’s exclusive to the Pacific Ocean side of the world.
We’re no astronomers, so we’ve consulted Dr Google himself to tell you what each of these moons are, and why it’s incredible that they’re all happening together for the first time in 150 years.
According to space.com, these bad boys ‘happen when a full moon approximately coincides with the moon’s perigee, or a point in its orbit at which it is closest to Earth. This makes the moon appear up to 14 percent larger and 30 percent brighter than usual’. Even better, this is the third supermoon in a row after one in December and on New Year’s Day!
You’ve probably heard of this one from the classic Billie Holiday and primary-school-choir-staple song ‘Blue Moon’. While that blue moon may have saw Ms Holiday standing alone, she did it a great injustice by not actually explaining how special the moon is! Essentially, a blue moon is the second full moon within a month, so while it doesn’t look any different, it is pretty special because it happens around every three years.
We know, this one does sound pretty ominous and werewolf-inducing, and while we can’t insure there’ll be no Michael J Fox-esque transformations, it will be a sight to behold. A blood moon is essentially a lunar eclipse, named so for the way the moon turns a deep, rich red (like blood… if you didn’t get that).
So get your silver bullets at the ready to kill some human-wolf hybrids, and get your viewin’ eyes set for an event that’s not happened since the second half of the 19th century.
Our top picks for places to get an eye-full:
- Mount Lofty Summit (open until 1am tonight for your viewing pleasure)
- One of Adelaide’s great rooftop bars
- Windy Point
- One of Adelaide’s many beautiful beaches with uninterrupted views of the sky – think Henley or Glenelg
- Mount Barker Summit
You can catch tonight’s “super blue blood moon lunar eclipse” between 11:22pm and 1:41am.