Tuesday, January 9, 2018

January 31, 2018 Total Lunar Eclipse

2018 will have 2 lunar eclipses visible in the Philippines. The first one which will occur on January 31, 2018 will be visible in the Philippines as well as most of Asia and the Pacific. Eclipse will start at around 6:50pm PST (Philippine Standard Time) when the Moon will enter the Earth's light shadow (penumbra). Partial eclipse will begin at around 7:48pm and enters totality at around 8:51pm. Maximum totality will occur at around 9:30pm when the Moon is roughly about 51 degrees above the eastern horizon. During totality, the eclipsed Moon will not be very dark as it crossed halfway south of Earth's dark shadow (Umbra) thus will show a light orange Moon at maximum totality. Totality lasts a generous 77 minutes, while the whole partial phase lasts about 3.5 hours more or less. Totality then ends at around 10:08pm an partial phases will continue till around 11:12pm before the Moon totally exits the Earth's light shadow by 12:10am the next day signalling the end of the eclipse. The next lunar eclipse will happen on July 28, 2018. For those who wants to observe or image the eclipse, best location to select is to have a clear eastern view as the event will entirely be in the eastern area.

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