This will be the last Supermoon of 2021.
On Wednesday the 26th of May Perth will be able to enjoy a Super Blood Moon.
In the afternoon and evening, the Moon will move into Earth’s inner shadow (Umbra) which will cause a Total Lunar Eclipse.
What makes this even more special is that it’ll also be a Supermoon where the Moon becomes full on the same day it’s near its closest point to the Earth.
Then to make it even more special again this will be the last Supermoon for 2021.
Will Perth be able to see the Super Blood Moon?
While the east coast will have the best seat in the house with the entire eclipse visible, Perth and Western Australia will still be total/partial visible.
When will Perth be able to view the Super Blood Moon?
It all starts in Perth at approximately 4:47 pm (AWST) while the Moon is below the horizon, don’t worry though Perth won’t miss the main event.
The action for Perth really starts as the Moon rises above the horizon at approximately 5:16 pm (AWST) which will be about half an hour before the first partial phase begins.
When it gets really exciting is at totality, where the Moon will be orange. This will begins at 7:11 pm (AWST) and finishes at 7:25 pm (AWST) so it will only be 14 minutes – making for lots of photo opportunities.
The second partial phase will then end at 8:52 pm (AWST) and the second penumbral phase and the eclipse itself ends at 9:49 pm (AWST).
Where and how to view the Super Blood Moon in Perth?
First of all given it’s the moon and it will be super big – hence Supermoon you won’t need any special space looking equipment to watch this event.
For those wanting potentially uninterrupted views to capture stunning photos, there are some great places in Perth that have been recommended by Perth Observatory – Kaarta Gar-up at King’s Park, Matilda Bay near the University of WA and Mardalup Park at Claisebrook Cover.
The experts at Perth Observatory have also mentioned Rottnest Island would be a great location to take photos and in the outer suburbs of Perth and Peel region, the Western side of Lake Joondalup Nature Reserve, South Ledge Lookout at Mundaring Weir, Lake Leschenaultia in Childlow, The base of Lesmurdie Falls in the Perth Hills, Serpentine Falls in Serpentine, Point Peron at Rockingham and the Thrombolites at Lake Clifton.
For those of us who don’t want to travel to the perfect viewing locations you can simply walk outside or head to your closest park to minimise street light impact on the night sky.
Or alternative you can stay inside and watch all the action via live stream.
How to watch the Super Blood Moon via live stream
The Perth Observatory will be helping Time and Date live stream the event at 5:30 pm.
Discover more about space at perthobservatory.com.au.
Further Perth news on SoPerth.com.au.