Thursday, April 2, 2015

Total Lunar Eclipse - 4th April 2015

There's a Total Lunar Eclipse happening on Saturday, 4th April 2015.

WEATHER PERMITTING, this eclipse is visible from Singapore on that evening from 7:07pm facing East.

Watch the following 1-minute video explanation in full-screen HD for best experience:

Here are the important timings to take note of:

Penumbral Eclipse Begins  (P1)    =   5:01 pm (not visible)
Partial Eclipse Begins         (U1)   =   6:15 pm (not visible)
Moon Rise                                     =   7:07 pm
Total Eclipse Begins          (U2)  =   7:57 pm 
Greatest Eclipse                          =   8:00 pm
Total Eclipse Ends             (U3)  =   8:02 pm
Partial Eclipse Ends             (U4)  =   9:44 pm
Penumbral Eclipse Ends      (P4)   = 10:58 pm

Source: Eclipse Predictions by Fred Espenak, NASA/GSFC


WEATHER PERMITTING, We will be conducting Lunar Eclipse viewing + stargazing through telescopes at Bishan Park (near McDonald's) on that day:

(1) Solar Astronomy from 3:30pm.

Look at the Sun very safely with 100% certified filters and solar telescopes managed by experienced solar astronomers! WARNING: DO NOT look at the Sun directly, it will damage your eyesight!

You may also observe the Sun very safely through solar paper viewers.

Have a greater visual appreciation of this gigantic source of heat and light without which we will never see any eclipse on Earth or anywhere else in our Solar System!

(2) Lunar Eclipse viewing from 7:00pm. 

The main event!

Try to catch the Moon as early as possible when it rises at 7:07pm from the East (azimuth 95° to be precise).

Missed it and you will have to wait until 2018 to see another Total Lunar Eclipse from Singapore.

Take as many photos and videos of this eclipse as you can. Or just admire it with your eyes only, through telescopes or a pair of binoculars. Especially during the visually most exciting total eclipse phase from 7:57pm - 8:02pm (shortest in this 21st century).

(3) Stargazing through telescopes from 7:45pm.

We have been conducting free public stargazing sessions at this location since 2012.

Come look through our telescopes and marvel at the amazing views of Moon, Jupiter, Stars Clusters, Star Cloud (nebulae) and my personal favourite - Saturn! (Yeah, the one with the rings!)

All events are free of charge and open to members of the public.


As you can see from the above YouTube video, this location in Bishan Park has a good view of the Eastern horizon where the Moon rises.

Should you find that location too crowded, you may also observe in other areas inside this big public park (which recently hosted a SG50 Concert attended by more than 8000 people).

You may also watch the live streaming of this lunar eclipse from, with excellent narration by astronomy experts like Will Gater and Bob Berman:

If you have any queries about this Total Lunar Eclipse and our events at Bishan Park on that day, please feel free to contact us via:

Facebook: Singapore Sidewalk Astronomy
Twitter: @AstroSG

Good luck & hope to see plenty of your lunar eclipse photos and videos online on 4th April!

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