South Africans will be treated to a rare astronomical spectacle on Friday 27 July: a full lunar eclipse.
"This spectacle will capture the attention of millions, and we are especially fortunate here to have what are front-row seats to it," said Eddy Nijeboer, Chairperson, Cape Centre of the Astronomical Society of South Africa (ASSA). "This extraordinary event will not come again to the region until 2029."
South Africans should have a great view of the full Moon slipping into the Earth’s shadow, an event which last happened in SA seven years ago, said Dr Daniel Cunnama, Science Engagement Astronomer at the South African Astronomical Observatory (SAAO).
We took a look at handy weather app - windy.com - apart from the Western Cape, the forecast is clear.
According to the weather app, clear weather should be expected over the majority of the country. However, certain regions along the Western Cape may not be so lucky.
The full Moon first begins to darken as it enters the earth’s shadow at 19:15, with totality beginning at 21:30.
By 9pm a large bank should have begun to move on past Cape Town, East along the coastline.
Unfortunately this means a high chance of heavy cloud cover over the areas between Stellenbosch through to Port Elizabeth, between the times of the eclipse and past 23:00.
The "blood" in the name comes from the reddish-brown colour the Moon takes on when Earth enters between it and the Sun, cutting off the direct light that usually brighten the lunar surface to white.
The eclipse will be visible country-wide and will be easily and safely visible to the naked eye.
The duration of total eclipse will be nearly two hours.
You should also be able to spot the planets Venus, Jupiter, Saturn and Mars.
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