This century's longest total lunar eclipse to occur in wee hours of 28 July


People in Singapore will be able to witness a total lunar eclipse on Saturday (28 July) from 1.14am, in what will be the longest-ever total lunar eclipse in a century.

The eclipse – a result of the moon being perfectly aligned with the Sun and Earth – is set to last one hour and 43 minutes, from 3.30am to 5.13am, and will be visible in parts of Asia, Africa, South America, Europe and Australia.

It will coincide with a Mars opposition, a phenomenon that occurs when Mars is at its closest to the Sun and Earth.

The opposition, which occurs every 26 months, will make Mars appear five times brighter than usual when viewed from Earth.

The upcoming opposition will be one of Mars’ closest approaches to the Sun and Earth since the last opposition in 2003.

Members of the public who are interested in observing the planetary events can do so at the Singapore Maritime Gallery on 27 July from 7.30pm.

Such astronomical occurrences were last seen in Singapore in January this year when a rare “super blue blood moon” appeared in the night sky for the first time since 1866.

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