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There will be a total lunar eclipse next Tuesday evening (15 April). The already-eclipsed moon will rise in the east at 5:30pm, weather permitting. This is a good year for lunar eclipses. There will be another one, even better than the first, on the night of Wed 8 October.

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To sweeten the deal, Mars is also at it's closest and therefore relatively large and bright in the night sky. After you've had a look at the Moon, once it has finished it's eclipse, then had your fill with Mars, look back down to the horizon a little bit to see Saturn rising. With even a small telescope (Mine is a 5.25 inch Dobsonian) or a pair of binoculars you should be able to see some features of Saturn.

A couple of weeks later there is a partial solar eclipse in the afternoon of Tuesday 29 April - low in the west, just before sunset. It starts at 4.14pm and the Sun sets at 5.15 with half the Sun's diameter covered. For more, see this fact sheet from the Australian Astronomical Society.

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If the weather isn't on our side, you can view the live webcast from space.com

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