Moon gazers are in for a show tonight with clear skies forecast for tonight’s rare lunar eclipse and Supermoon event.
SFU astronomer Howard Trottier says as the sun’s light bends around the earth it may turn red – creating a so-called “blood moon.”
“Seeing the moon slip into the Earth’s shadow and potentially turn this red colour – that whole change in the appearance of the moon, and your relationship to the sky … And you’re sharing this with people who’ve seen eclipses throughout history. That whole environment of the lunar eclipse is very, very special.”
The eclipse is also happening during a Supermoon – when a quirk in it’s orbit makes the moon look slightly larger.
Trottier says the viewing will be best from 7:00pm to 8:30pm and is best seen with a clear view to the east.
He says SFU’s observatory is also hosting a “star party” and will turn its telescope on the moon.