The longest lunar eclipse of the 21st century due on Friday night to Saturday will be also visible in Romania if the sky is clear, the Astronomical Observatory in Bucharest informed. The observatory will be open to the public on Friday night from 9 p.m. to 3 a.m.
If the sky is clear, the eclipse will be visible from anywhere in Romania, except for the first minutes as the moon is not up yet. But the most spectacular part of the phenomenon, the shadow crossing the moon will be totally visible from Romania.
The first moment of the eclipse when the moon enters the shadow will take place is Friday at 20:14hrs, when the moon is below the horizon.
In Bucharest, the moon will rise at 20:37.
The eclipse will last 103 minutes overall, being the longest eclipse of this century (2000-2100), yet by a small margin compared to the upcoming eclipses of June 26, 2029 and July 7,2047, which will last 102 minutes. The lunar eclipse on Friday will end at 02:29hrs.
It is the second lunar eclipse this year and it is the third in a series of such phenomena due during 2017-2019.
The eclipse will be visible from Europe, Africa, Russia, Asia, Australia, but it will not be seen in North and South America, Japan and a part of Russia. The next visible eclipse in Romania is expected on January 21, 2019.
In order to observe the eclipse on Friday night to Saturday, one doesn’t need any astronomical device, but those who will have such a tool or binoculars will be able to see the phenomenon in more detail.