A Total Lunar Eclipse

On the 16th of June 2011, there was a total lunar eclipse. Lunar eclipse occurs when the moon passes behind the earth hence blocking the sun’s rays from shinning ontothe surface of the moon.

At 5.45 a.m., I went out to look at the eclipse. I looked at the place where the moon was supposed to be. The sky was very cloudy. Not a star was spotted.

However, I spotted a faint glow of light which was most probably the moon. I waited for the clouds to clear. It was only around 6.05 a.m. when I could really see the moon but of course, the eclipse was no longer so visible. Still, the moon was beautifully glowing like a golden ball in the cloudy sky.

The moon at 6:05 a.m. However the moon looks much beautiful in real life...

After waiting until 6.20am, I spotted a planet which I think is most probably either Saturn or Venus. Then I spotted a few stars after the clouds floated away. I went in around 6.40 am and looked on the internet for a picture of the eclipse at the peak when the moon turns reddish-orange.

Anyway there is going to be another total lunar eclipse this year on the 10th day of December and I really hope that I can see the moon when it turns reddish-orange. The last time that I saw the moon when it turns reddish-orange was when I was still a little girl.

Total Lunar Eclipse Coming!

On the 16th June, 2011, there will be a total lunar eclipse from 1:25 am. until 7:01 am. The National Space Agency (ANGKASA) and the National mosque will be organizing a Total Lunar Eclipse Observation Program at the Main Entrance of the National Mosque from 1.00 am. until 7.00 am. All are invited to observe the phenomena through a few telescopes that will be setup during the event! You can also bring your own telescope in this program.

Here is the program’s agenda:

1:00 a.m. – 7:00 a.m:    Total Lunar Eclipse Observation
                                           Jupiter, Mars and Venus Observation
                                           Eclipse Talk
3:00 a.m. – 4:00 a.m:    Solat Sunat Gerhana Berjemaah          
7:00 a.m:                          Dismiss

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