Northern hemisphere treated to supermoon lunar eclipse

NORTHERN hemisphere stargazers will be treated to a rare sight this weekend - a supermoon lunar eclipse.

A total lunar eclipse will share the sky with the supermoon on Sunday night US time - only the fifth time it has occurred in the past 115 years.

The combination has not happened since 1982 and will not occur again until 2033.

A supermoon is the colloquial name for a moon that is either full or new and is at its closest approach to Earth - making it appear bigger and brighter than usual.

The eclipse will not be visible in Australia because full moon is at noon on Monday.

And the moon is not all that super, because it will not be as close as it can get.