Rare super blood moon in night sky

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Australians have enjoyed front row seats to a rare and spectacular phenomenon on Wednesday night, with a super blood moon lighting up the sky.

A super blood moon is when a total lunar eclipse (or blood moon) happens at the same time as the 'super' moon - which appears brighter and bigger.

Australian National University astrophysicist Brad Tucker says the shadow creates an amazing orange-red glow that looks a bit like sunrise or sunset, with the phenomenon happening every five years or so.

"It doesn't happen that often to get this combination ... so it's definitely a special sight," Dr Tucker told AAP.

While it will be visible from parts of America, Dr Tucker said Australians have the privilege of one of the best and most convenient viewing times.

The rarest bit of this moon is that it happened in the early evening and not some in the middle of the night, he said.

"You don't need special equipment ... you just need your eyes, because you can see the beautiful colours and details of the moon."

Stargazers were able to catch the sight on the east coast from 7:44pm with the total eclipse - when it's fully red - occurring between 9:11 and 9:25pm.

In Australia's centre, the total eclipse occurred between 8:41 and 8:55pm, while in Western Australia the moon appeared fully red from 7:11 to 7:25pm.

Most of Australia was treated to clear weather to view the spectacle, with early cloud on the east coast clearing in time.