10 Dec 2011

Lunar eclipse in early hours of Sunday

9:48 pm on 10 December 2011

New Zealanders are getting a rare glimpse of a lunar eclipse in the early hours of Sunday morning, as the Earth's shadow is cast across the moon.

Stardrome Observatory in Auckland says viewers will see, subject to cloud cover, the moon tinged with orange as the eclipse gets underway at 1am.

The colour gradually darkens to deep red as it reaches its peak.

The moon will finally pass out of the Earth's shadow at 6am.

It is the second total lunar eclipse in 2011. The last was in June 2011 and there won't be another one until April 2014.