There were fears the cloud cover could ruin a once-in-a-lifetime event, but the great-blue skies of New England cleared up in time for locals to get some stunning pictures.
A total lunar eclipse turned the moon a brooding, dark red overnight on Wednesday as the event coincided with a supermoon and a blue moon – for the first time over Australia in almost 35 years.
If fact, those in the New England and the Northern Tablelands were among the best positioned to see the celestial phenomenon.
For those wondering, a blue moon is the second full moon of the month (the first full moon was on January 2), while a blood moon refers to its red tinge. The eclipse was cause by the Earth’s shadow passing over the moon.
Australians – weather permitting – witness a total lunar eclipse about once every 2.8 years on average.
But it becomes a true rarity when combined with a supermoon and blue moon.
The last time it happened in Australia was December 30, 1983, the same year Bob Hawke was elected prime minister.
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