Watch out for eclipse

Watch out for eclipse

Have you ever seen a total lunar eclipse? It occurs when the sun, Earth and moon are in a straight line, with Earth in the middle.

The Earth blocks out the light coming from the sun and what we see is Earth’s shadow moving across the face of the moon.

Unlike solar eclipses, lunar eclipses are perfectly safe to watch with the naked eye.

The eclipse is on Wednesday, October 8. The moon will rise at 6.19pm in the east and the Earth’s shadow will have already started to pass over it.

The eclipse begins at 6.25pm and ends at 7.25pm.

The moon will look darkened and eerie brown or reddish because of indirect sunlight passing through the Earth’s atmosphere with most blue light filtered out.

Stargazers Club WA has a special eclipse event on at the Old Perth Observatory.

Details www.stargazersclubwa.com.au or call on 0427 554 035.