Last night, a total lunar eclipse could be seen in the sky.
A lunar eclipse occurs when the Moon passes directly behind the Earth into its shadow. This only happens when the Sun, Earth, and Moon are aligned, with the Earth in the middle. Because of this, a lunar eclipse can only occur on the night of a full moon.
The lunar eclipse turned the moon a red-to-brown colour, like the image below.
Last night in Victoria, the total lunar eclipse could be seen at about 8.30pm – 11.30pm. Unlike a solar eclipse, it is safe to view a lunar eclipse directly with your eyes.
The NASA video below explains why a total lunar eclipse occurs.
This is the second total lunar eclipse this year. There will be another two lunar eclipses next year, in April and September.