Not seeing the whole of the moon

The public can join members of the Astronomical Society of Southern Africa in watching the lunar eclipse at the Flagpole Terrance at the V&A Waterfront tomorrow, Friday July 27, between 7pm and 9.30pm.

The full moon will slip into earth’s shadow for a total lunar eclipse. The evening’s observing programme will begin at sunset at 6pm.

The public can tour the Solar System with an array of telescopic instruments ranging in size from 72mm to 250mm in diameter.

A broad array of planets including Venus, Jupiter, Saturn and Mars will be visible for telescopic viewing, weather permitting.

The full moon will begin to darken as it enters the earth’s shadow at 7.15pm, with totality beginning at 9.30pm. The duration of total eclipse will be approximately two hours. The sight of the moon in total eclipse will be striking with or without visual aide.

The Astronomical Society of Southern Africa and the South African Astronomical Observatory will offer the public a guided tour with an array of telescopes set up along the Flagpole Terrace at the V&A Waterfront. The event is free of charge.

For more information, call Eddy Nijeboer at 082 335 4851.