- South Africans throughout the country will be able to witness a lunar eclipse
- It will occur on the night of 27 July
- It will be the longest lunar eclipse of this century
South Africans throughout the country will have the rare chance of witnessing the longest lunar eclipse of this century on Friday night, 27 July.
According to the Astronomical Society of Southern Africa (ASSA), the eclipse will start at 20h24. It will last a whopping 3 hours and 55 minutes, Briefly.co.za gathered.
The moon will be totally eclipsed between 21h30 and 23h13, and the eclipse will end at 00h19.
This historic phenomenon will be visible to the naked eye, meaning South Africans will not necessarily need special equipment or gadgets.
Even more remarkable is the fact that the eclipse will result in planet Mars shining at its brightest in 15 years. It will be visible next to the eclipsed moon.
Cape Town residents are free to join a public viewing at the V&A Waterfront, where the South African Astronomical Observatory will provide telescopes.
The next time South Africans will have a chance to witness a total lunar eclipse will be in May 2022.
Watch a funny animated video below from our Briefly - South Africa YouTube channel.
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