Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Don't forget to look out for the Lunar Eclipse tonight...!

The total lunar eclipse that will happen this evening is certainly a rare event to see, especially for residents of South Africa.
During a total lunar eclipse, the shadow of the Earth turns the moon to a reddish brown colour, as the Earth gets in the way of the sunlight which would otherwise make the moon appear white.

For those who are watching, and who have clear skies, the moon should look something like this:

Earth's shadow creeps across the moon during a Lunar Eclipse...

The eclipse will happen tonight (15 June 2011), starting at 20:23 and finishing around midnight, so get out those binoculars, telescopes and cameras, don something warm and fluffy, get some hot chocolate going and enjoy the show :)

You will of course be able to see the whole eclipse without the aid of binoculars or a telescope, so either way it will make enjoyable viewing.


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