BANGKOK (NNT) – The Loy Krathong celebration this year will be a special one with a total lunar eclipse expected to take place in the evening. The national institute of astronomy says this event can be observed from anywhere in the country from 5 p.m. today.
The National Astronomical Research Institute of Thailand (NARIT) has announced a detailed forecast for the total lunar eclipse taking place tomorrow afternoon through the evening of Loy Krathong Day. According to the institute, the eclipse will start taking place from 3:02 pm to 8:56 pm local time. However, the event can only be observed in Thailand from 5:44 pm onwards, as it is the time when the moon rises above the horizon.
A lunar eclipse happens when the moon moves into the earth’s shadow, when the sun, earth, and moon align in ways where the earth’s shadow is caused by light from the sun being cast onto the moon’s surface.
Observers in Thailand will be seeing the moon rising above the horizon in a complete eclipse phase, which will appear as a full moon in red color for about 57 minutes until 6:41 p.m., from which the earth’s shadow casting against the moon will start to shift away gradually. The moon will be appearing unobstructed by the eclipse at 7:49 pm, and regain its full brightness at 8:56 pm Thailand time.
This total lunar eclipse can also be observed in many places around the globe, namely northern and eastern Europe, Asia, Australia, North America, parts of South America, the Pacific Ocean, the Atlantic Ocean, the Indian Ocean, the north pole, and parts of the south pole.
NARIT will be holding observation events for tomorrow’s lunar eclipse from 6 pm to 10 pm at Princess Sirindhorn AstroPark in Chiang Mai, the Regional Observatory in Nakhon Ratchasima, the Regional Observatory in Chachoengsao, and the Regional Observatory in Songkhla. Admission to these events is free of charge.
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