Heavenly chance for sky-watchers

PUBLISHED : Friday, 22 April, 2005, 12:00am
UPDATED : Friday, 22 April, 2005, 12:00am

If weather permits, you may be able to see a clear penumbral eclipse of the moon this Sunday evening.

The Hong Kong Observatory recommends places such as Shek O and Sai Kung to observe the phenomenon.

A penumbral lunar eclipse takes place when the Earth blocks a slight portion of the sunlight that normally hits the moon, but still allows every part of the moon to get at least some direct lighting.

During the event, the moon will become slightly dimmer.

The penumbral eclipse will occur between 3.50pm and 8pm, but the time of moonrise in Hong Kong on that day is 6.46pm.

If you miss the chance this Sunday, you will have to wait until October 17 to see another lunar eclipse. It will be a partial eclipse.

For more information, visit www.weather.gov.hk