A super blue blood moon will light up skies around the world on January 31.
A super blue blood moon will light up skies around the world on January 31.

Where to see the Super Blue Blood Moon in Toowoomba

A UNIVERSITY of Southern Queensland astronomer has said a Super Blue Blood Moon that is set to light up skies around the world next week could easily be viewed from Toowoomba.

USQ's Jake Clark said while the moon would be visible in the main township, the best place to view the phenomenon would be well out of town.

"If you can, get to a darker sky, maybe between Toowoomba and Warwick which is quite dark," Mr Clark said.

"Get outside the main CBD areas and find yourself a dirt road.

"You could easily see it from your suburban backyard, but clearer skies are better."

Mr Clark said there were three main features of a Super Blue Blood Moon.

"The Super Moon is a full moon at the moon's closest orbital approach, about 30,000 km closer than it normally is," he said.

"It'll be about 14 per cent larger than a normal full moon in the night sky. It's a bit like calling a basketball a super volleyball.

"The Blue Moon is the second full moon of the month and the Blood Moon is a total lunar eclipse. The moon crosses through our Earth's shadow, causing our moon's illuminated surface to act as a lens, and giving the once bland greyscale surface to glow a soft peachy red."

USQ astronomer Jake Clark said tools like Dark Site Finder could help with finding where best to see the moon. The darker the colour, the better the night sky is.
USQ astronomer Jake Clark said tools like Dark Site Finder could help with finding where best to see the moon. The darker the colour, the better the night sky is. Dark Site Finder/Google Maps

Mr Clark said the eclipse would start at about 9.50pm on January 31 and end at 1.10am on February 1.

"Totality is by far the best part and occurs between 10.50pm and 12.10am," he said.

"As for the next Super Blue Blood Moon, there's no definitive answer that I've been able to discover.

"Most American media have stated December 31, 2047, but that would be January 1, 2048 for us and therefore won't be a blue moon."


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