Partial penumbral eclipse observed

Daniel Lim

Observers were only able to view the start of the lunar eclipse yesterday due to drizzle while according to the live feed of the Astronomical Society of Brunei Darussalam (PABD) the changes observed through the naked eye were hard to discern.

Around 56 per cent of the moon’s surface darkened as it moved close to the Earth’s penumbra, more noticeable in footage captured through video and photography.

The lunar eclipse that started at 1.45am slowly edged close to maximum which was observed a few hours later at 3.24am before ending at 5.04am.

Following Ministry of Health advice with regard to large gatherings due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the observation captured at the Mini Astronomical Observatory, Kampong Keriam, Tutong was available to the public through the PABD’s live feed on their Facebook social media page.

A partial solar eclipse is predicted for June 21 while the next lunar eclipse which will be another penumbral will take place on November 30.

Photo of the lunar eclipse. PHOTO: BRUNEI ASTRONOMY