(SPOT.ph) In case you forgot, there will be a total lunar eclipse on November 8. The astronomical phenomenon will be visible in the country for 85 minutes, peaking at around 6:59 p.m. Unlike a solar eclipse, a lunar eclipse is safe to view with the naked eye. But to fully see the moon in all its reddish glory, it's best to see it through a telescope. But hey, how many people readily have access to a telescope these days? Well, there's no need to rush out and get one because the UP Astronomical Society is hosting Sidewalk Astronomy, a free eclipse viewing session using their telescopes at the PAGASA Astronomical Observatory. It starts at 6 p.m.
Here's how you can get a better view of tomorrow's total lunar eclipse:
This event is open and accessible to the general public. Just drop by the PAGASA Observatory and get to know other astro-geeks along the way.
You'll be in for a treat as the moon will seemingly turn a beautiful shade of red during the eclipse, earning the event the moniker blood moon. The reddening happens because the Earth blocks the sun and casts its shadow onto the moon. This celestial event is predicted to be the last total lunar eclipse visible from the Philippines until 2025, so let's all collectively pray for good weather and clear skies for tomorrow night.
Sidewalk Astronomy is on November 8, 6 p.m. at the PAGASA Astronomical Observatory, A. Ma. Regidor Street, Diliman, Quezon City. For more information, visit UP Astronomical Society's Facebook page.