In Underberg night skies resemble a massive, startling kaleidoscope. Skies are darker at higher altitudes because the higher you are the less light pollution and haze affects the atmosphere. This is the reason why during the day the skies in this area are so remarkably blue but at night the added darkness magnifies the entire cosmos and the clarity is astounding. This is such a perfect area to see the eclipse on Friday evening.
As you stare at the sky on Friday night bear a thought of touring our part of the world soon, to stand on the Roof of Africa.
All of South Africa will see a total eclipse of the moon on Friday evening, 27 July, starting at 20h24, according to the Astronomical Society of Southern Africa.
Lungelo Matangira | about 21 hours ago
JOHANNESBURG – Remember to look up in the sky later this week because a historic lunar eclipse will be visible in South Africa.
All of South Africa will see a total eclipse of the moon on Friday evening, 27 July, starting at 20h24, according to the Astronomical Society of Southern Africa (ASSA).
This will be a historical eclipse as it will last three hours and 55 minutes, making it the longest eclipse of this century. Additionally, near the eclipsed “blood moon” on Friday will be the “red planet” Mars shining at its brightest in 15 years.
All of this is easily visible with the naked eye.
“The moon will start changing shape as it enters the shadow of the Earth at 20h24. From 21h30 until 23h13, it will be totally eclipsed, but faintly lit by light refracted by the Earth’s atmosphere, which should give it a pale reddish colour. At 23h13 the moon starts recovering from the eclipse, which will be over by 24h19,” ASSA says.
South Africa’s next total lunar eclipse is early morning of 16 May 2022