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ICYDK: Partial lunar eclipse to be visible in the Philippines on Oct. 29

By JUSTINE PUNZALAN Published Oct 06, 2023 8:30 pm Updated Oct 06, 2023 8:47 pm

Heads up, skygazers! In case you didn't know, a partial lunar eclipse will occur on Oct. 29, and it will be visible in several parts of the world, including the Philippines.

During the upcoming partial lunar eclipse, the moon will pass through Earth's shadow, making it darker than usual. The celestial event is expected to be visible for about 1 hour and 19 minutes in Metro Manila and other parts of the country, according to the Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA).

It will begin with the penumbral phase at 2 a.m., followed by a partial lunar eclipse at 3:35 a.m. The maximum eclipse will occur at 4:14 a.m. where, PAG-ASA said, the umbral shadow cast by the Earth will obscure 12% of the Moon's disk. The moon will set at 5:56 a.m. and will exit Penumbra at 6:28 a.m.

PAG-ASA noted that the partial lunar eclipse will be visible "in any location where the moon is above the horizon," including Asia, Africa, eastern Americas, and Australia. Space exploration outlet meanwhile noted that the celestial event will also be perceivable in Europe, Antartica, and Oceana.

"Contrary to solar eclipses, observing a lunar eclipse is safe and requires no protective eyewear," PAG-ASA said. However, to get an "excellent" view of the eclipse, the weather bureau suggests watching it with binoculars.