21 Dec 2010

Full lunar eclipse expected tonight

10:10 am on 21 December 2010

The man in the moon may seem to blush on Tuesday night. A full lunar eclipse is expected to turn the moon a reddish hue as it rises.

The phenomenon happens only about twice a year and sky watchers hope the weather will be clear enough for them to enjoy it.

Astronomer Alan Gilmore from Canterbury University's Mount John Observatory says those living on the east coast should get the best view, but the weather could block out the display completely.