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WATCH the moon turn blood red in the twilight hours before dawn tomorrow.
The eclipse begins at 3.25am (AEST) and enters its darkest phase or ‘totality’ at 5.22am (AEST) when the transformation to a blood-red moon should begin.
During an eclipse, light bent through our atmosphere would normally give the moon an orange glow, but the volcanic ash cloud should turn that blood red.
"This is worth getting up early for," said Perry Vlahos, from the Astronomical Society of Victoria.
"I'd bet on a pretty red, blood-red moon."
Full Article (Herald Sun)
Sydney Observatory's acting curator, Andrew Jacob, said ash from volcanic eruptions in Iceland and Chile could deepen the moon's hue during this total lunar eclipse. ''It is likely to be dark, rather than pale red or coppery,'' Dr Jacob said.
The eclipse begins at 3.25am and enters its darkest phase, or totality, at 5.22am. Lasting 100 minutes, it will be the longest lunar eclipse since 2000, because the moon will pass almost through the centre of the Earth's shadow.
The best time to view the lunar eclipse would be between 5.30am and 6.30am (before sunrise in Sydney at 6.58am).