Lunar eclipse visible from Prague

The eclipse will already be under way when the moon rises

A lunar eclipse will be visible from Prague on the evening of July 27. A lunar eclipse is when the earth gets between the sun and the full moon. Sunlight filtered through the earth's atmosphere hits the moon and turns it a deep red.

Unlike with a solar eclipse, it is safe to look at without special glasses.

This eclipse will be the longest one of the 21st century, The full eclipse, which has been dubbed the Blood Moon in the press, will last one hour and 43 minutes, and with the partial eclipse and penumbra phases, it will be nearly four hours.

Due to dust in the atmosphere from recent volcanic eruptions, the red color should be deeper than usual.

When the moon rises in the southeast at 8:44 pm the eclipse will have already started, and be in a partial phase. The moon will be completely in the earth's shadow, or umbra, from 9:30 pm to 11:13 pm. The moon will exit the secondary shadow, or penumbra, at 1:28 am on July 28.

The moon will be in the southeast of the sky when it rises. Places with an unobstructed view of the moonrise include Letná Park and parts of Vyšehrad, though by the time the moon reaches full eclipse it should be visible from much of the city where tall buildings or hills are not in the way.

You do not need any equipment to see the eclipse, but a small telescope or binoculars can be used to see more detail.

The Štefánik Observatory on Petřín hill will be open (weather permitting) and allow people to look through its large telescopes, for the usual entrance fees of Kč 80 for adults and Kč 60 for children. Reservations are not required.

In addition to the lunar eclipse, the planet Mars will be at its brightest since 2003 and be directly below the moon. Jupiter will also be visible in the sky and the International Space Station will pass by for six minutes at 10:32 pm.

In the distant past, people associated eclipses with tragedies, as they did not understand what caused them and thought that everything in the sky had a hidden meaning. While some tabloids have predicted the lunar eclipse will mean some tragic event or even the end of the world, there is not cause for concern.

The next total lunar eclipse visible from Prague will be Jan. 21, 2019. A partial lunar eclipse will take place July 16, 2019.

For information on the viewing at Štefánik Observatory visit (in Czech)

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