Photographer Ari Rex arrived at the National Arboretum at 3am on Saturday morning to capture on camera the spectacular blood moon and lunar eclipse.
With him, he lugged about 40 kilograms of photography equipment.
Mr Rex was one of the first to arrive, but many more people steadily joined him to watch the rare event.
The astro photography teacher said by 5am there was about 50 people gathered atop Dairy Farmers Hill. Mr Rex said he’d never seen a crowd like it.
“We were very lucky this time, it was clear all the way through. Last time it was a full coverage of clouds,” Mr Rex explained.
Mr Rex is passionate about photographing the night sky so much so that he runs an astro photography course to teach others the skills of the trade. He said Canberra is the perfect place for it, with low light pollution and less humidity than other cities.
Mr Rex said Saturday morning’s sky was particularly special, and he was pleased to see so many people enjoying the early-morning spectacle.