Thursday, June 16, 2011
I was awake all evening while waiting for the lunar eclipse. (PAGASA said the eclipse will begin at 1:23 a.m. (Philippine time) and will end at 7:02 a.m.) But because I have lots of online tasks, I was not able to catch it on time. In fact, I didn't have the opportunity to see the moon outside. I peeked from the balcony at around 1AM (June 16, 2011 PH Time) but I couldn't find the moon. Probably it was on the opposite direction. I was thinking of going down but too afraid to walk alone...
As expected, Google provides me the information I want first thing in the morning! I was supposed to search for the total lunar eclipse images and today's Google animated logo made everything easier for me.
A total lunar eclipse took place on June 15, 2011. It was the first of two such eclipses in 2011. The second will occur on December 10, 2011.
- WikipediaThis is a relatively rare central lunar eclipse where the center point of Earth's shadow passes across the Moon. The last time a lunar eclipse was closer to the center of the earth's shadow was on July 16, 2000. The next central total lunar eclipse will be on July 27, 2018.The eclipse was visible rising over South America, western Africa, and Europe, and setting over eastern Asia. In western Asia, Australia and the Philippines, the lunar eclipse was visible just before sunrise
On June 14, 2011 PAGASA said that the moon will rise at 6:03 p.m. on June 15 and will set at 4:38 a.m. on June 16 so the eclipse will be visible in Manila. Unfortunately, the sky was cloudy during that time. Yup, as forecasted by PAGASA:
However, the weather bureau said a low pressure area off Puerto Princesa City, Palawan is expected to bring cloudy skies with rainshowers over most parts of the country which may block much if not most of the eclipse.
I'm still looking for real pictures of the so-called total lunar eclipse last night. Hope that photo bloggers will upload some. Don't worry, I won't steal your pictures. I just wanna see how awesome the moon was. Share the link of your blog post here! Any perfect shot taken from the Philippines?