The last total lunar eclipse of this year reaches its peak at 5:59 p.m. on November 8 (Hanoi time). In Vietnam, it can be observed from positions facing east.
The lunar eclipse will begin at 3:02 p.m., the total phase will take place at 5:16 p.m. and will last approximately 85 minutes. According to experts, in Vietnam, any area with a clear view to the East can well observe the lunar eclipse.
In Ho Chi Minh City, the Amateur Astronomy Club (HAAC) is scheduled to organize observations of the total lunar eclipse at Bach Dang Wharf Park (District 1), starting at 5:00 p.m.. According to Mr. Nguyen Anh Tuan, Director of HAC, the location of Bach Dang Pier, when looking east, where the lunar eclipse occurs, is not blocked by any buildings and is therefore very easy to observe.
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“A total lunar eclipse takes place just when the Moon has just risen in the east, very close to the horizon. However, to best observe this phenomenon, the weather must be cloudless and rainless” , » said Mr. Tuan.
Observing the lunar eclipse can be done with the naked eye or with binoculars. It is expected that on the afternoon of November 8, the HAAC will bring in a number of specialized telescopes to provide those making the best observations.
In Ho Chi Minh City, at 5:22 p.m., the Moon was completely in full phase and had a red color. Observers can see the blood-red Moon slowly rising from the eastern horizon. At 5:59 p.m., it’s peak time for the total lunar eclipse, when the moon will be the darkest red. However, the Moon’s altitude at this time is 7.6 degrees, which is still quite low on the eastern horizon. The total lunar eclipse ends at 6:41 p.m. when the moon will gradually rise and complete its total phase when it reaches a height of 17.4 degrees, which is quite convenient for observation.
After 6:41 p.m., the Moon will enter the partial lunar eclipse phase, the part not covered by the Earth’s shadow will gradually emerge and end 8 minutes later. In other localities, the time changes slightly, but not significantly.
An astronomical observation session in Ho Chi Minh City organized by the Amateur Astronomy Club.
An astronomical observation session in Ho Chi Minh City organized by the Amateur Astronomy Club. (Photo: HAC)
In Hanoi, many amateur astronomy groups have also prepared to observe and photograph this phenomenon.
Dr Le Xuan Huy, Deputy Director General of the Vietnam Space Center, said: at the Hoa Lac Space Observatory will organize for 70 3rd grade students to observe the sky with telescopes during a lunar eclipse. Before that, the children also discovered telescopes, how to make them, as well as knowledge about the universe, interesting astronomical phenomena…
Cosmic Dome Projection House at Hoa Lac Observatory
Cosmic Dome Projection House at Hoa Lac Observatory – a venue that will introduce students to knowledge about astronomy and space. (Photo: Giang Huy)
Nguyen Tran Ha (Hanoi), an astronomy enthusiast, also prepared to observe and take photos when the Moon was completely obscured.
He explained that at the time of the total lunar eclipse, the Moon is in a low position and will be obscured by buildings, making it difficult to observe in large cities. In the second half of the maximum, observations will be better as the Moon gradually rises. In other words, around 6:30 p.m., the angle reaches about 18-20 degrees relative to the horizon. At this time, the Moon is also brighter.
Tran Ha said that there is another interesting phenomenon during the total phase, the Moon will pass and cover Uranus (Uranus – a planet in the solar system). Immediately after the total lunar eclipse ends (at 6:45 p.m.), Uranus will appear on the other side of the Moon’s disk. “If you have a good enough telescope, you can observe the phenomenon of Uranus emerging, which is very wonderful.”Tran Ha said.
Around the world, from Iceland, parts of South America, South Asia, Central Asia and Russia can observe the partial lunar eclipse on November 8. In the meantime, North America and parts of South America, Asia, Australia and New Zealand can experience a total lunar eclipse.
This will be the second and final lunar eclipse of 2022. The previous lunar eclipse took place on May 16. There will also be two lunar eclipses in May and October 2023. Lunar eclipses occur when the Earth moves between the Moon and the Sun. At that time, the Earth will cast a shadow on the Moon. The blue planet’s shadow can cover all (total lunar eclipse) or part (partial lunar eclipse) of the Sun’s light and cause the Moon to darken.
During a lunar eclipse, the Moon may appear red because the Sun’s light, even though it is directly blocked by the umbra (the darkest part of Earth’s shadow), continues to curve around it. the blue planet and move through the atmosphere to reach the Moon. The Earth’s atmosphere filters wavelengths shorter than blue and allows red and orange wavelengths to pass through. As these red and orange wavelengths pass through Earth’s atmosphere, they continue to reach the Moon. The phenomenon of a red Moon is called a Blood Moon.
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The last total lunar eclipse of this year reaches its peak at 5:59 p.m. on November 8 (Hanoi time). In Vietnam, it can be observed from positions facing east….