The longest partial lunar eclipse of the century will occur between November 18 and November 19, but the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical, and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) has warned that the astronomical event will be difficult to observe in the country.
The moon will partially pass into the Earth’s shadow for three hours, 28 minutes, and 23 seconds from November 18 to 19, according to the United States National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA).
Oceania, the Americas, Eastern Asia, Northern Europe, and Indonesia will all be able to see the eclipse because the moon will be above the horizon.
Filipinos, on the other hand, may miss out on the opportunity to witness the astronomical event in the country, which will begin at 2:03 p.m. and will conclude on November 19 (Philippine Standard Time) at 8:04 p.m.
The eclipse will be difficult to observe in the Philippines because most of the major eclipse phases will occur below the horizon, according to PAGASA’s November astronomical diary.
According to PAGASA, the moon will not rise until around 5:22 p.m., which means that the eclipse will have ended by the time the moon reaches 19 degrees (°) above the horizon.
Unlike solar eclipses, lunar eclipses, according to PAGASA, are safe to watch and do not require the use of any kind of eye protection filters.
It was also mentioned that a pair of binoculars could be used to help magnify the view.
From start of the eclipse(penumbral phase)
up to end with time indicated in PST or Philippine Standard Time
2:02 PM PST= Penumbral Eclipse Starts
3:18 PM PST= Partial Eclipse Starts
5:04 PM PST= Maximum/Greatest Eclipse
6:47 PM PST= End of Partial Eclipse
8:03 PM PST= End of Penumbral Eclipse
5:15 PM PST= Moonrise
At the start of Penumbral(2:02 PM PST) & Partiality(3:18 PM PST) phase or stage, the eclipse is not yet visible to the Philippines and the rest of SE ASIA.
It will only be visible at Moonrise(5:15 PM PST) to the Philippines and the rest of SE Asia
when the eclipse is almost over or after it reaches maximum eclipse(5:02 PM PST) til the partiality and penumbral phase ends at evening(PST).
The Pacific territories(Central and Eastern)and areas or locations near the International Date Line will witness the whole phase of the eclipse in their own timezones at the start of penumbral and partiality to end.
Longest partial lunar eclipse of the century is happening but PH will not have a good view of it, says PAGASA|Manila Bulletin