Pick up a bottle of wine on your way home, pull out the deck chairs and set yourself up for a lunar phenomenon as a 'super blue blood moon' crosses the sky tonight.  The event is a rare marriage of three lunar events: a super moon, a blue moon and a full lunar eclipse. In its most basic form, the second full moon of the calendar month (also known as a blue moon) will be at its closest point to Earth (a super moon), as it fully eclipses behind the Earth's shadow (a full lunar eclipse).  It sounds like a once-in-a-lifetime phenomenon - and it is if you live in the Western hemisphere, which hasn't seen a lunar trifecta since 1866, more than 150 years ago. However, we Aussies were last graced with the night sky's triple threat in 1982.

At approximately 10:48pm (AEDT), the Earth's shadow will begin to move across the moon until it is completely eclipsed at approximately 11:51pm. It will stay fully eclipsed for an hour, before finishing the celestial trifecta at 2:11am with the emergence of a glowing blood red moon.

If you are lucky enough to live in the west of Australia, besides your perfect beaches, you will also get the best seat in the house for super blue blood moon viewing. The eclipse will start just as the sun sets and as the moon rises (7:48pm), giving the illusion of a larger (and even more super) moon.

If you happen to miss tonight's eclipse, don't despair; another total eclipse will hit the sky on July 28, 2018 in the early hours of the morning. 

Everything you need to know about tonight’s ‘super blue blood moon’