Oman: Perfect Lunar Eclipse
By staff - Thu Jun 16, 8:19 pm
Marwan Anwar Shuwaiki, Supervisor of the Astronomical Dome in PDO company and Member of the Arab Union for Space Sciences said that the lunar eclipse takes place when the full moon become very close to the climbing knot in its path round the earth. It will be behind the earth on the other side of the sun. The moon will be affected by the great shadow of the earth which will keep the moon obscured for about 100 minute from 23.22 pm this evening to 01.002 Thursday, local timing.
He added that this lunar eclipse will not be visible especially if we are observing it from crowded city.
He added that the eclipse will start when the moon enters the semi shadow at 21.24 pm, Muscat timing. The moon will enter the full shadow area at 22.23 pm, a complete dark areas from the shadow of the earth. At 23.22, the moon will be completely in the full shadow and will appear completely dark color. It will become darker when it comes at the middle of the shadow at 00.13, the peak of the eclipse. At this time the counter count for the eclipse will start.
As for moon sighting amateurs, they will be able to take rare pictures of the event even with their mobile cameras.