If you want to see a show that’s truly out of this world in the early hours of the morning – then just rise early and look at the Moon.
We are being treated to a total eclipse of a blood red moon as Earth will pass between the Moon and the Sun. The eclipse and tinting will be seen for over an hour from 3.10am until 4:25am.
When the shadow of the Earth begins to fall on the surface of the Moon it will turn it blood red.
Ancient tribes and people of many countries believed that the Moon was being eaten by a huge cat like creature and others had a monkey in the role of lunar diner.
It is believed that the tradition of using firecrackers during lunar eclipses came from the belief that loud noises would frighten away the cat or the monkey.
Astronomy Ireland is taking this event seriously and is setting up the most powerful telescopes in various parts of Ireland, to show members of the general public the Moon in addition to lots of other night sky objects. You can track the Astronomy Ireland site here: