How to experience the Blood-moon Lunar Eclipse happening in Ghana Tonight
A total lunar eclipse will turn the moon blood red on Friday, July 27, but even if the celestial show isn’t visible from your corner of the world, there are still ways to watch the eclipse live.
For residents in Accra, they will have the chance to watch the event at 19.30 (7.30pm GMT).
The entire event will last 3 hours and 55 minutes. The period when the moon is completely engulfed in Earth’s shadow — a phenomenon known as a totality — will last 1 hour and 43 minutes, making it the longest total lunar eclipse of this century.
ABOUT THE LUNAR ECLIPSE TONIGHT
WHAT IS IT?
A lunar eclipse occurs when the earth comes between the sun and the moon. It can only occur during a full moon. Remember a full moon always rises in the EAST (sort of).
WHAT TIME WILL IT BE VISIBLE IN GHANA?
The eclipse will start a few minutes after 6 pm and reach a maximum of around 8:20 pm. It will take a similar duration for the eclipse to end. In total about 5 hours!
DO YOU NEED SPECIAL SHADES TO WATCH?
The answer is no. The lunar eclipse can be viewed with the naked eyes. Just look to the skies and have fun!!
WILL THE WEATHER BE GOOD?
We are expecting partly cloudy weather tonight with less than 30% chance of rain for those along the coast (lucky you coasters!). For the middle and northern sectors, the chance of thunderstorms is higher. So it depends on where you are. Everyone will get a glimpse though!! 5 hours is a long time and the weather is bound to be good at some point during the period.
WHAT ELSE CAN YOU SEE IN THE SKIES TONIGHT?
Mar, Venus, Saturn and Jupiter will all be on display in addition to the stars. CLUE: Venus is always the brightest object in the sky whenever it is visible. Look for it and let me know if you see it.
Remember this will be the longest lasting lunar eclipse this century. The next one will be in 2123. So look sharp!