Total lunar eclipse had residents seeing red
A STUNNING sight glowed in Fraser Coast skies on Tuesday night as the region was treated to a blood moon.
No, it wasn't a sign that the end of the world was nigh - it was a total lunar eclipse involving a perfect alignment of the sun, Earth and the moon.
Sunlight passing through the Earth's atmosphere and refracting to the red end of the spectrum gave the moon its eerie colour.
The lunar eclipse is one of the few cosmic events easily visible from Earth.
Each year there are at least two lunar eclipses and there can be as many as five, although total eclipses are rarer. This eclipse was the first total eclipse since December, 2011.
Last night's eclipse was the first of a tetrad, or series of four.
The other three eclipses will happen on October 8 this year and April 8 and September 28 next year. Thousands across the Fraser Coast turned their eyes to the skies to watch the eclipse.
With cloudy skies, at first catching a glimpse of the rare event did not seem possible.
Happily the moon rose above the clouds to allow stargazers to see it take on its rusty shade.
>> Visit the Chronicle's Facebook page to see readers' photos of the moon.
Below: the lunar eclipse as seen in Hervey Bay
Below: Reader Diane Essery shared her image of the phases of the lunar eclipse