Durban – The next lunar eclipse, which will be on January 21, will be Dr. Daniel Cunnama, Science Engagement Astronomer at the South African Astronomical Observatory (SAAO).
According to the Astronomical Society of Southern Africa (ASSA), this will be in 2019.
“The first is the total lunar eclipse of the 21st century, and the Americas, now of Oceania and Easternmost Russia. From the South Africa the event is marginal, as the moon sets around the time the eclipse begins at 4:35 am, mid-eclipse is at 7:12 am, ”the society said.
The society has the lunar eclipse is visible from anywhere at the same time. The lunar eclipse occurs when the Moon passes into the shadow of the earth. The Earth's shadow consists of two parts – the dark inner umbra and the lighter outer penumbra.
In a calendar year between four and seven eclipses can occur; at least five, the society said.
“If the Moon's orbit is coincided with the ecliptic, there would be a lunar eclipse, but because of the changing orientation of the orbit, lunar eclipses occur only infrequently. Total lunar eclipses last for up to 100 minutes, but do not require eye protection (unlike solar eclipses), ”the society said.
The society has the second lunar eclipse is a partial one on July 16 or 17, and Africa, Europe (except northernmost Scandinavia) and most of South America. From the southern Africa, the Moon will be well-placed throughout the duration of the eclipse. Mid-eclipse is at 11:30 pm and the umbral magnitude is 0.658.