Blood moon over Redlands Coast

Redlands Coast will offer some of the best vantage points to view early tomorrow morning’s predicted rare blood moon, which should be visible along the east coast of Australia from around 4am Saturday 28 July.

A ‘blood moon’ occurs during a lunar eclipse when the moon passes into the shadow of the earth and becomes darker, with the depth of colour depending on the orbit of the moon.

Redland City Mayor Karen Williams said the natural backdrops of Redlands Coast would offer spectacular viewing.

“We are spoilt for choice for viewing points for tomorrow morning’s blood moon,” Cr Williams said.

“Our Cleveland Point and Wellington Point reserves provide unobstructed views of the night sky, with the waters of Moreton Bay adding to the visual spectacle of this natural event.

“Judy Holt Sportfields, one of the highest vantage points in the City, will also have its gates opened early at 3.30am (Saturday 28 July) especially for anyone wanting to catch a glimpse.

“Our bay islands, away from city lights, are always special places for star gazing and tomorrow morning will be no exception.

“From several vantage points on North Stradbroke Island/Minjerribah, including its beaches such as Flinders, people will be able to get a naturally wonderful view.

“The headlands of Point Lookout will also be great places to gather the kids, lay down a picnic blanket and watch the lunar eclipse.

“So before you go to bed tonight – set your alarm clock, get your warm jumper out and be ready to witness a rare and wonderful start to a weekend at Redlands Coast.”

Weather permitting, the stages of the predicted blood moon eclipse should be visible from around 4am onwards.