Let’s all get looney about the best lunar eclipse in 100 years

An astronomical treat starring the moon and planets‚ showing at a night sky near you tonight. And only to be repeated again in 2022.

MOON SHADOW, MOON SHADOW This will also be the longest lunar eclipse that has taken place in 100 years. Image: 123RF/Chayanan Phumsukwisit

Enthusiasts are avidly preparing for the lunar eclipse showdown later on Friday night‚ when the Earth passes between the sun and the moon‚ casting it into shadow.

Unlike a solar eclipse‚ this is safe to watch with the naked eye. With the help of a telescope‚ you will however be able to observe the Galilean moons (the four largest moons of Jupiter)‚ rings of Saturn‚ Jupiter and the frozen poles and dust storms on Mars‚ the experts say.

A timeline of the lunar eclipse that will happen on July 27, 2018. Image: Astronomical Society of Southern Africa

This will also be the longest lunar eclipse in 100 years‚ says Case Rijsdijk of the Astronomical Society of Southern Africa (ASSA). It is set to start at around 8.24pm and will last until just after midnight.


By: Nonkululeko Njilo

Source: TMG Digital.

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