Watch the red moon rising
The total lunar eclipse happens when the sun, moon and earth are in perfect alignment, causing the earth's shadow to fall on the moon.PT2M24S http://www.canberratimes.com.au/action/externalEmbeddedPlayer?id=d-36mxo 620 349 April 14, 2014
Sky-watchers are expected to forgo Creedence Clearwater Revival's warning and venture out for a ''bad moon on the rise'' on Tuesday night.
Eyes will be watching the horizon to the east as they try to capture a glimpse of a totally eclipsed moon rising at sunset.
The Sydney Observatory says the moon will rise at 5.23pm, already in a total lunar eclipse. It will stay in the earth's shadow until 6.25pm and then slowly start to move out and lose its copper-red colour. The last of the eclipse will disappear from view at 7.33pm.
The Bureau of Meteorology predicts scattered showers and cloudy conditions for Sydney, so visibility is expected to be poorer than previous eclipses.
Astronomer Melissa Hulbert, of the Sydney Observatory, said the best places to view the eclipse would be spots close to the coast with a clear view to the east.
''Maybe down on a beach or a headland that's got a nice, clear view and that's because the moon will be rising completely immersed in the Earth's shadow,'' she said.
Set for a total eclipse: The moon. Photo: Brendan Esposito
Ms Hulbert said lunar eclipses occur every few years but they cannot always be seen. They can give the moon an unusual colour.
When the moon rises completely in the Earth's shadow, it is called a ''red moon rising''.
with Ed Bodkin