What you need to know about tonight's 'Blood Moon' eclipse

Stargazers and budding astronomers are in for a treat on Friday evening.

What experts are predicting will be the longest eclipse of the century is set to be visible across the country tonight.

It starts just after 7pm, but it's a gradual change, we'll only really be able to see from about 8:25pm. We'll be able to see a change in the moon, when it actually starts changing shape.

Kos Coronaios, Astronomical Society of Southern Africa's Conserving Director and Outreach Officer

What we're looking at is the moon basically hiding behind the earth.

Kos Coronaios, Astronomical Society of Southern Africa's Conserving Director and Outreach Officer

Although the eclipse is being dubbed the 'blood moon', Coronaios says that not strictly accurate.

It will take on a coppery, reddish colour, but that's basically due to the scattering of light through the atmosphere.

Kos Coronaios, Astronomical Society of Southern Africa's Conserving Director and Outreach Officer

So will all South Africans be able to see it?

It's basically visible from where ever on earth you can see the moon.

Kos Coronaios, Astronomical Society of Southern Africa's Conserving Director and Outreach Officer

Here's how to get the best view of the eclipse:


This article first appeared on CapeTalk : What you need to know about tonight's 'Blood Moon' eclipse


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