The total lunar eclipse which took place on 27 July 2018 was visible all over southern Africa, according to the Astronomical Society of Southern Africa (ASSA).
A lunar eclipse occurs when the moon passes directly behind earth into its shadow. It can only occur during a full moon and they take place when the sun, earth, and moon are aligned exactly or very closely so, with the planet in between.
The eclipse was viewed from 8.24pm and all of this was easily visible with the naked eye. “The moon started changing shape as it enters the shadow of the Earth at 8:24pm, from 9:30pm until 11:13pm, it had totally eclipsed, but faintly lit by light refracted by the Earth’s atmosphere, which gave it a pale reddish colour. At 11:13pm, the moon started recovering from the eclipse, which will be over by 12:19am,”
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