Partial lunar eclipse this Wednesday

|     Khairil Hassan     |

THE country will experience a partial lunar eclipse just before dawn on Wednesday, July 17. The next occurrence of the phenomenon will be on June 21, 2020.

The eclipse will be visible in Brunei and most parts of Asia, Australia, Africa, Europe and South America.

A partial eclipse occurs when the Earth moves between the sun and the moon but the three celestial bodies do not form a straight line. This causes some part of the moon’s surface to be covered by the Earth’s shadow.

From Brunei, a lunar eclipse will start when the moon passes through the Earth’s penumbral shadow beginning at 2.44am local time on July 17. The partial lunar eclipse phase will start when part of Earth’s darkest shadow or umbra covers the moon at 4.01am.

For Brunei, the maximum eclipse will occur at 5.30am. This is when more than half Moon is in the Earth’s umbra and close to setting in the western sky. It can be viewed and will last until the Moon sets at 6.21am.

The Mini Observatory in Tutong will do a live stream broadcast of the eclipse online. This can be viewed via starting 2am, subject to weather.

The live viewing is organised by the Astronomical Society of Brunei Darussalam and has been registered with the International Astronomical Union (IAU) as a global celebration to increase awareness of a Century of astronomical discoveries, including the historic Moon landing in 1969.