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Look up moon lovers! Total Lunar Eclipse visible in PH, PAGASA says

Photo credit: Fred Espenak via NASA

The Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (Pagasa) has announced that the coming total lunar eclipse will be visible in the Philippines on November 8. The astronomical phenomenon is forecast to start (moonrise) at 5:19 p.m. and end at 9:58 p.m. on Tuesday.

“On 08 November in Manila, the eclipse will begin at 05:19 PM (moonrise), with the totality of the eclipse beginning at 06:16 PM. Greatest eclipse (maximum) or the peak stage of the eclipse at 06:59 PM. The Moon will remain in totality until 07:42 PM. It will then go into a partial eclipse until 08:49 PM and come to an end at 09:58 PM,” the state weather bureau said.

Aside from the Philippines, the astronomical phenomenon will also be visible in other countries in Asia, Australia, North America, parts of Northern and Eastern Europe, and most of South America, Pagasa added.

Those who missed out the total lunar eclipse as they are not in those countries where the phenomena is visible, Pagasa said that its Astronomical Observatory will live stream the event via its official Facebook and Youtube channel.

The National Astronomical Space Agency (NASA) meanwhile explained that “[a] total lunar eclipse occurs when the Moon and the Sun are on exact opposite sides of Earth.” It further explained that “[a]lthough the Moon is in Earth’s shadow, some sunlight reaches the Moon. The sunlight passes through Earth’s atmosphere, which filters out most of the blue light, [making] the Moon appear red to people on Earth.”

In November 2021, a partial lunar eclipse took place, but it wasn’t easy to observe in the Philippines because most of the major eclipse phases had occurred below the horizon.