The blood red moon is back! The eclipse on the 4th of April 2015 will not be as long lived as the one in 2014, so you will need to be waiting to watch the full effect of the changing colours of the Moon.
The eclipse will start at 7.02pm with maximum eclipse at 10pm and only last for around 10-15 mins, before Earth’s shadow begins to move of the moon’s surface.
And Jane Morgan, manager of the Cosmos Centre, says
“Like all events put on by Mother nature, it will take your breath away.”
WHAT’S HAPPENING IN THE SKY?
The summer/autumn constellation dominate the sky through the next three months, with Orion dominating the night sky.
The sky is easy to read at this of time of the year with Pleiades, Taurus, Orion and Canis Major all nicely lined up in the sky together. Look north east to find Pleiades then step across to the left for Taurus, Orion and Canis major.
DO NOT ADJUST YOUR SET …. The images are supposed to be upside down! The northern Hemisphere constellations appear in the southern hemisphere sky upside down!
Over the next three months you will be able to watch as these constellations move towards the western sky and see how they appear to ‘flip’.
ALSO if you look towards the southern sky you will notice that the Southern Cross is finally back in the night sky. Having ‘lost’ the cross for around 10 weeks it’s great to welcome it back into the sky.
Meteor Showers, are often unreliable, for Southern Hemisphere viewers this is the ‘best shot’ showers of the year.
The alpha-Centaurids, active from 28 Jan to 21 February can produce six meteors an hour up to 20-30 meteors.
However this shower is noted for it’s bright fireballs and long lasting trains, so worth waiting around to see them come in.
We will have a bright moon in the sky on maximum night (8 Feb) so if you are up and curious sit outside after midnight, look towards the constellation of the Centaur (the pointers of the Cross are the back hooves of the Centaur) and wait.
Jupiter is around for the whole three months and easy to spot as the very bright object in the sky. Planets are busy over the next three months.
April is almost perfect for being outside and looking up. It’s not too cold and not too hot, so lie on the trampoline, get out the banana chair and enjoy!