The July 2018 total lunar eclipse or blood moon is on July 28, 2018. See the where and when are the best times to watch it in the Philippines.
Manila, Philippines – A total lunar eclipse will be visible in the Philippines on July 28, says PAGASA.
According to the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical, and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA), the Philippines will witness a total lunar eclipse on July 28, Saturday. The rest of the world will also have a great view of that eclipse – South America, Europe, Africa, Asia and Australia, except North America.
The July 28 eclipse is said to be the longest total lunar eclipse of the 21st century. The last total lunar eclipse took place on January 31, with observers catching a glimpse of a super blue blood moon.
A total lunar eclipse is when the moon appears to turn red as it passes through Earth’s dark inner shadow, or the umbra.
When it is best to watch the total lunar eclipse?
In the Philippines, the eclipse will start at 1:13 A.M. and will end at 7:30 A.M. Philippine Standard Time (PhST).
The major phases of the eclipse according to PAGASA are as follows:
|Penumbral eclipse begins:||1:13 AM (PhST)|
|Partial eclipse begins:||2:24 AM (PhST)|
|Greatest eclipse:||4:21 AM (PhST)|
|Partial eclipse ends:||6:19 AM (PhST)*unobservable|
|Penumbral eclipse ends:||7:30 AM (PhST)*unobservable|
Do we need a special viewing apparatus to view the moon?
Contrary to the old misconception, lunar eclipses are safe to watch. Observers need not use any kind of protective filters for the eyes. However, a pair of binocular will help magnify the view and will make the red coloration of the Moon brighter.
When is the next lunar eclipse?
According to Space.com, a “blood moon” eclipse The Jan. 21, 2019 eclipse, however, will be visible from all of North and South America, weather permitting. Observers in some parts of Europe, Africa and Asia will also be able to see at least some portion of this eclipse.