Heads up, this Friday we are expescting a historical eclipse that will last three hours and fifty-five minutes, making it the longest eclipse of this century. The eclipse will be visible in South Africa from 20h24 and then from 21h30 to 23h13.
According to the Astronomical Society of Southern Africa (ASSA), most of Africa, Europe, the Middle East and eastern Asia will see this eclipse.
However, for far western Africa and Europe, the eclipse will have started by the time the moon rises. Additionally, near the eclipsed “blood moon” on Friday will be the “red planet” Mars shining at its brightest in 15 years.
“The moon will start changing shape as it enters the shadow of the Earth at 20h24. From 21h30 until 23h13, it will be totally eclipsed, but faintly lit by light refracted by the Earth’s atmosphere, which should give it a pale reddish colour. At 23h13 the moon starts recovering from the eclipse, which will be over by 24h19,” ASSA says, all of this is easily visible with the naked eye.
ASSA will be hosting public eclipse-viewing events in Cape Town at the V&A Waterfront and in Johannesburg at Observatory.
South Africa’s next total lunar eclipse is early morning of 16 May 2022.