Some things always cause excitement. One of them is an eclipse.
In Dec 2011, I felt the awesomeness of being in the exact paths of the Moon and Sun, and facing the right side of Earth to be able to observe the total lunar eclipse. It was especially so because that was the last total lunar eclipse before the 2014 – 2015 lunar tetrad (when four total lunar eclipses happen in a row).
Here is a NASA video on the total lunar eclipse that took place on 5 Dec 2011.
Three years swung past amazingly fast. Last October on the 8th, I was excited to read about the total lunar eclipse again but the timing was earlier in the evening (peak of eclipse was at 6.54pm) and harder to observe (low in the eastern sky). I still attempted to catch at least part of the eclipse process but unfortunately it was quite hazy at where I was and I only managed to see the bright moon at the end of the partial eclipse. 🙁
Did you know that there is another total lunar eclipse upcoming on the 4 April? This will be the 3rd one of the 2014 – 2015 lunar tetrad. In Singapore, even though we will not be able to view a total lunar eclipse (the Earth only covers parts of the Moon as seen from Singapore), this will be the only eclipse visible from our island country this year! 🙂
If you have missed the last two eclipses I mentioned earlier, don’t miss out this upcoming one in two weeks’ time! Science Centre will be setting up telescopes from 4pm onwards on 4 April for visitors to observe the eclipse which will take place from 5.01pm to 10.58pm. As the Moon rises up at 7.07pm, we can only see the later part of the eclipse. The maximum eclipse happens around 8pm, lasting for 4 minutes 43 seconds. Want to find out more about the Lunar Eclipse, join in today’s talk at Science Centre Observatory at 8pm and 9pm! Or stay tuned to our Stargazing page and our Science Centre Observatory (SCOB) Facebook page!