Total lunar eclipse has more to offer

October 07, 2014 15:02
A lunar eclipse in progress seen in perfect weather from an ideal vantage point. Photo: Internet

Hong Kong lunar fanatics are in for a glorious spectacle on Wednesday, with the weather forecast calling for a clear night when people can see forever.

The astronomical phenomenon, when the moon directly passes behind Earth and becomes completely obscured from view by earthlings in certain places for a few minutes, will begin at 6:25 p.m. and will be over in an hour.

This lunar eclipse has more to offer.

It will be in progress as soon as the moon rises and the total eclipse will occur shortly thereafter, according to the Hong Kong Observatory.

The whole show -- from moonrise to the moon leaving the penumbra -- will last three hours and 36 minutes.

The event is best observed in places with an unobstructed view of the horizon in the east such as Shek O, the east dam of High Island Reservoir and on top of Tai Mo Shan.

On a clear night, the eclipse is completely visible with the naked eye.

Meanwhile, the Space Museum will organize an observation activity at the Avenue of Stars in Tsim Sha Tsui from 6:30 p.m. to 9:35 p.m. free of charge. No registration required.

An online live webcast ( will be available from 5:30 p.m.

Wednesday's total lunar eclipse is the second episode of a tetrad eclipse -- a series of four consecutive total eclipses.

The first occurred on April 15. The two remaining episodes will atke place on April 4, 2015 and Sept. 28, 2015. The former will also be visible in Hong Kong.

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This table serves as a guide to the different stages of Wednesday's lunar eclipse. Picture: HKEJ

EJ Insight reporter