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Rare moon tonight

A rare"super blood blue moon" may be seen anywhere in the Philippines tonight provided there is good weather, a state weather bureau official said yesterday.

A cosmic event not seen in 36 years, it combines three unusual lunar events -- an extra big super moon, a blue moon and a total lunar eclipse.

In the Philippines, the "super blue blood moon" can be seen for about 2 hours, between 8:51 and 10:07 tonight, Dario Dela Cruz, chief astronomer of the Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration, said.

"The greatest part of the eclipse will be seen at about 9:29 p.m.,” he said.

The eclipse will begin at 6:49 tonight and will end at 12:09 a.m. tomorrow, PAGAASA said.

The major phases of the eclipse are as follows: Penumbral eclipse 6:49 p.m., partial eclipse 7:48 p.m., greatest eclipse 9:29 p.m., partial eclipse ends 11:11 p.m. today and the penumbral eclipse 12:09 a.m. tomorrow.

Lunar eclipses are safe to watch and observers need not use any kind of protective filters for the eyes. A binocular or telescope will help magnify the view and will make the red coloration of the Moon brighter, PAGASA said.*




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