By Ellalyn De Vera-Ruiz
Don’t miss this year’s partial lunar eclipse, or the passing of the moon directly behind the earth, which is happening on the night of August 7 up to early hours of August 8.
Dario dela Cruz, chief of the Space Sciences and Astronomy Section of the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) said the partial lunar eclipse this Monday will be the only eclipse visible to the Philippines this year.
This month, PAGASA said, is one of the most popular time of the year to observe meteor showers.
If the sky permits, the famous Perseids meteor shower will be observed with its peak in the late evening and early morning hours on August 12-13.
He said the light shadow or penumbra will appear yellowish at around 11:50 p.m., August 7.
The moon will begin to “blacken” due to the earth’s shadow around 1:22 a.m., August 8.
About 25 percent of the moon will blacken around 2:20 a.m. until 3:18 a.m., and only a light shadow will be visible around 4:51 a.m.
Weather permitting, the eclipse will be best observed from any part of the country, dela Cruz said.
It will also be visible in western Pacific Ocean, Oceania, Australasia, Asia, Africa, Europe, and eastern most tip of South America.
Meanwhile, a total eclipse of the sun will occur on August 21-22 but will not be visible in the Philippines.
It will only be visible in Hawaii, the Americas except southern parts of South America, Westernmost Europe, and West Africa.