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Super blue blood moon delights skywatchers

Jan 31. 2018
Bangkok//Photo : Prasert Thepsri
Bangkok//Photo : Prasert Thepsri
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The full Moon appeared red on the night of Wednesday, January 31, creating a rare spectacle for people in various parts of the world, including Thailand. The Nation online collected photos of the event for our readers.

“You can watch it with naked eyes from any part in Thailand,” National Astronomical Research Institute of Thailand (Narit) director Dr Saran Poshyachinda said recently.

He said the Moon on Wednesday night would also appear bigger than usual in the eyes of observers from Earth. 

Saran said the reddening of the Moon would take place during the first total lunar eclipse of 2018.

“From 6.48pm, we should be able to see the partial eclipse of the Moon,” he said. “Then, we will witness the total eclipse between 7.51pm and 9.07pm.” 

After the total lunar eclipse ended, people would be able to see a partial eclipse again. He believed that would be between 9.07pm and 10.11pm. 

Saran said Narit would organise events for people to watch the eclipse at four spots: in Chiang Mai, Nakhon Ratchasima, Chachoengsap and Songkhla. 

“The events will start at 5pm and run until 9pm,” he said. 

According to Saran, the second total lunar eclipse of the year will take place on July 27.

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