If you're staying up to watch tonight's major Mars announcement, you might be planning to catch that other big space event; the so-called "super blood moon" lunar eclipse. Unfortunately, Australia's vantage point leaves a lot to be desired -- but you should still head outside and look skyward anyway. (We promise we aren't trolling.)
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Earlier today, people in North and South America, Europe, Africa and parts of Asia and the Pacific all bore witness to a rare "Super Blood Moon"; a phenomenon that won't be repeated until 2033. As its name implies, this is a special type of eclipse that causes the moon to appear much larger than normal with a reddish or "bloody" tinge.
Unfortunately, Australia has missed out on this spectacular event -- blame the rotation of the Earth. With that said, we just ducked outside and can attest that tonight's moon is impressively large.
When a full moon makes its closest approach to Earth, it appears bigger and brighter than usual and is known as a supermoon. Head outside and check it out for yourself. (For maximum enjoyment, we recommend bringing a telescope along -- now is the time to call your astronomer-loving buddy.)