Most of New Zealand should get a chance to see Tuesday’s Lunar Eclipse, also known as Lunar Rossa (which means red moon), although they will have to dodge passing clouds and showers.
The Radio Network’s head weather analyst, Philip Duncan says a storm near Northland will kick into during Tuesday morning – 24 hours later than previously expected – bringing south west gales to many parts of the North Island and strong winds elsewhere. “This is a good thing as it should move the worst of the cloud out to sea by night time”. Duncan says Hawke’s Bay and Gisborne might not be so lucky. “The centre of this storm will be near Hawke’s Bay tomorrow night… but we’re hoping the cloud will break up by afternoon”.
During the eclipse the moon will appear red – this is due to the sun’s light passing through our dusty atmosphere…like rose coloured sunglasses… the blue light is scattered over the earth leaving only red light coming out the other side, this then hits the moon, making it appear red.
“Most of New Zealand will have either passing clouds or showers but there should be enough breaks to see the moon. The best places to watch the eclipse will be those areas away from coastlines… the further inland the better Northern parts of the South Island will be especially clear”.
The moon will be fully eclipsed between 10pm and 11:15pm Tuesday night but the earth’s shadow will be noticeable a good hour or two either side of that.
TRN’s Weather Watch Centre will update the visibility forecast Tuesday afternoon.