Mount Lofty Summit open late Wednesday night for rare lunar eclipse

Date posted: 30 January 2018

Hon Ian Hunter MLC
Minister for Sustainability, Environment and Conservation

Mount Lofty Summit will stay open late on Wednesday night, 31 January, to allow moongazers the opportunity to witness the Super Blue Blood Moon total lunar eclipse – the first since 1866 – from this vantage point away from the city lights.

The eclipse will begin just after 10.15pm and last for a little over three hours, with the moon completely in the earth’s shadow – and at its reddest – from about 11.30pm to 12.30am.

The summit will be open until 1am, allowing visitors to enjoy the full effect of the eclipse.

The lunar event is also being called a “Super Blue Blood Moon”. During a super moon, the moon appears large in the sky because it is closer than usual to the earth, while the red colour is an effect of the eclipse. A blue moon is the second full moon in a calendar month, and has nothing to do with the moon’s colour.

Background

Mount Lofty Summit is located in Cleland Conservation Park, 20 minutes from the city. Enter the car park from Mount Lofty Summit Rd, Crafers.

The café won’t be open, so remember to pack your own snacks and drinks.

Quotes attributable to Environment Minister Ian Hunter

A lunar eclipse, or blood moon, always makes for a fantastic opportunity for sky gazing and photography, and when it is combined with a super moon, the effect is particularly stunning.

This is the first time in three years that South Australia has seen a total lunar eclipse, and there has not been a so-called super blue blood moon since 1866, so this is very rare occurrence.

One of the great things about a lunar eclipse is that unlike its solar counterpart, you don’t need any special equipment – just look up and enjoy the view.

I’m sure that local astronomers and photographers will be flocking to the summit on Wednesday night to make the most of this rare event.