A lunar eclipse occurs when the moon passes through the Earth’s shadow, during instances when the Sun, the Earth, and the moon are in perfect alignment. One such event will occur on October 8, 2014, visible from anywhere in the Philippines, from 6 to 8 pm (Philippine Time). The eclipse will also be visible in most parts of Asia, and North and South America.
How to Observe and What to Expect
In the Philippines, a total lunar eclipse will be observed–the moon darkens and turns deep red-orange as it passes completely through the Earth’s shadow. Observing the eclipse requires no special equipment. The event may be observed from anywhere in the country provided that there is a clear view of the eastern horizon, and no clouds block the view of the moon. On October 8, 2014, simply face east from 6 to 8 pm and wait for the moon to rise. The best time to observe will be at around 6:55 pm, at eclipse maximum .
I intend to observe and photograph the eclipse with fellow astronomy enthusiasts, most likely from the vicinity of Quezon City. I will be setting up a telescope to achieve close-up views of the moon. Those who wish to join the observation may send a request to nightskyinfocus[at]gmail.com. Clear skies!
© Anthony Urbano (Manila, Philippines)