KUALA LUMPUR – Malaysians will have an opportunity to witness a full lunar eclipse on April 4, the only lunar eclipse visible in Malaysia this year.
According to a statement issued by the National Space Agency (Angkasa) here yesterday, the phenomenon’s phase will begin at 5:01pm, when the moon enters the Earth’s penumbra.
The climax of the eclipse will occur at 8pm and it will end at 10.59pm, when the moon moves out of the Earth’s penumbra.
According to the statement, in Sabah, the moon will appear earlier than in the Peninsula, at around 6pm, and they would be able to witness the phenomenon right from the partial phase, until the end of the eclipse.
“Whereas in the Peninsula, the moon will appear only at around 7.20pm, and this means that the full lunar eclipse phase will occur shortly after the moon appears,” said the statement.
The best location to view the phenomenon is in the eastern most horizon that is uncovered.
Angkasa and the Selangor Mufti Department will also hold a programme to observe the moon and Jupiter, look at the Sirus star and Orion constellation at Masjid Tengku Ampuan Jemaah in Bukit Jelutong, Selangor.
Besides that, it will also bring along the Mini Planetarium for the public to watch short films on astronomy, for free.
To get the latest updates about the phenomenon, the public can visit the National Space Agency’s (Angkasa) website, Facebook and Twitter accounts, or call 03-22734403/5484. – Bernama