Eclipse of the moon expected on Wednesday: observatory

PUBLISHED : Monday, 13 March, 2006, 12:00am
UPDATED : Monday, 13 March, 2006, 12:00am

Updated at 5.38pm:
Hong Kong's astronomers and star gazers will be able to watch an eclipse of the moon this week.

The Hong Kong Observatory said on Monday that a penumbral eclipse of the moon would be visible over the territory's skies on Wednesday morning.

A 'penumbral eclipse' occurs when the moon only passes through the outer portion of the Earth's shadow - or penumbra.

During a penumbral eclipse, the moon usually appears slightly dimmer than usual.

An observatory spokesman said that if the weather was good, Hong Kong people could observe the phenomenon on Wednesday morning.

'It will occur between 5.21am and 10.13am that day, but will only be visible till 6.37am when the moon sets from Hong Kong's sky,' the spokesman explained.

He recommended that the best places to observe the eclipse would be in areas with unobstructed views to the west - such as Tai O, Tuen Mun and Tai Mo Shan.

The next visible lunar eclipse in Hong Kong will occur on September 8. It will also be a partial eclipse.

Hong Kong Observatory