Samoa to witness lunar eclipse tomorrow

By Yolanda Lavata’i 20 January 2019, 12:00AM

The Samoa Meteorology Division has advised that the country will witness its first lunar eclipse for the year tomorrow night. 

The assistant chief executive officer for the division, Tainau Mulipola Titimaea, said in its natural path of circular orbit around earth, the moon will be in a position where it will partially obscure the sun. 

“Further details will be uploaded on media, but it is exciting as Samoa will be able to witness a lunar eclipse,” he said.

The full moon will be visible in Apia at around 8:50pm tomorrow night (Samoa local time).

Earth will be in a space between the moon and sun, thus the term partial lunar eclipse. The natural phenomena occur less than three times a year, depending on the moon’s orbit path around the earth. 

For those keen to check out the natural phenomena, the moon will be full but less bright than normal between 8.50pm and 9.48pm tomorrow night. The next and last partial lunar eclipse will come around July 16 this year.

The lunar eclipse can be viewed from North and South America, Greenland, Iceland, Europe, northern western Africa, plus the Arctic regions of the globe.

By Yolanda Lavata’i 20 January 2019, 12:00AM

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