A partial lunar eclipse is a great time to get out under the stars.
A partial lunar eclipse is a great time to get out under the stars.

Gympie rugs up for winter lunacy

WE’RE heading for a full moon this week, which is a favourite for all telescope gazers.

In fact, it’s the first thing they want to look at when they buy their first telescope. So, are you ready for a bit of lunacy?

On the evening of Saturday, June 26, Australia will be treated to a partial eclipse of the moon.

Just over 50 per cent of the moon goes into the Earth’s inner shadow. Because this is not a total eclipse, we won’t see the moon go copper coloured, but there will be a substantial darkening of part of the moon.

Eastern and central Australia has the best view, with the best part of the eclipse early in the evening and that’s great for the kids.

The eclipse begins at 8.16pm with mid eclipse around 9.38pm. It’s all over at 11pm for eastern Australia and 9pm local time in the west. The eclipse will be also seen in New Zealand, parts of South East Asia and the Americas.

The shape watchers will see it is quite often the crescent shape kids draw when they’re drawing a moon. Like a circle with a bite out of it.

“Lunar eclipses, either partial or full, are one of the most spectacular sights in astronomy, and one not to be missed,” said astronomer David Reneke, writer and publicist for Australasian Science magazine.

Lunar eclipses occur when Earth gets between the sun and the moon, casting a shadow.

The most impressive part is when the moon’s leading edge first enters the earth’s shadow, and the eclipse begins.

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