AP News said that Asian and African night owls were treated to a lunar eclipse, and ash in the atmosphere from a Chilean volcano turned it blood red for some viewers.
Astronomical calculations confirm that it would be one of the two longest total lunar eclipses of the century.
A total of 85 total lunar eclipses, according to the scientists, will be taking place this century of which the longest total lunar eclipse will occur on July 27, 2018.
Lunar means moon.
Lunar eclipse happens when the Earth blocks the Moon from the Sun.
It happens when the Sun, the Earth and the Moon are in straight line or almost; with the Earth in the middle.
Total lunar eclipse happens when the Earth blocks the whole moon.
First I tried to watch the lunar eclipse at 12:56 a.m., but I can’t see anything because it was too cloudy.
Then I woke up early and went outside to watch the lunar eclipse at 6:05 a.m. and this time I can see the eclipse but it was still cloudy.
I waited and soon it was less cloudy and I can see the eclipse clearly.
Anyway I miss the total eclipse.
I hope that I’m not going to miss another total lunar eclipse next time.
|TOTAL LUNAR ECLIPSE PROGRAM – 16 JUNE 20
There will be a total lunar(moon) eclipse in Malaysia on June 16, 2011.
The eclipse will start at 1:25 a.m. until 7:01 a.m.
On the 16th of June 2011, we will be able to observe a total lunar eclipse starting from 1:25 a.m. to 7:01 a.m. In conjunction with Total Lunar Eclipse, National Space Agency (ANGKASA) and National Mosque will be organizing a Total Lunar Eclipse Observation Program at the Main Entrance of National Mosque (nearby the expo site) on 16 June 2011 from 1:00 a.m. to 7:00 a.m.
Public are invited to observe the phenomena through a few of telescopes that will be setup during the event. You also can bring your own telescope in this program.
The first 1000 visitors attending the program will be given a tin of Eclipse Mints, contribution by The Wrigley Company (M) Sdn. Bhd.
The tentative program is shown below:
1:00 a.m. – 7:00 a.m. Total Lunar Eclipse Observation
Jupiter, Mars and Venus Observation