There're 2 eclipses happening in August and you may be able to catch the lunar one in Singapore

There're 2 eclipses happening in August and you may be able to catch the lunar one in Singapore
Photo montage of the partial solar eclipse sequence taken between 7.25 am to 9.30am at Hougang area in Singapore in 2016.
PHOTO: Berita Harian

Astronomers and star-gazers around the world are looking forward to the great American eclipse on August 21.

According to The Guardian, it is the first to be visible from the US mainland since 1979 and the first to be visible from coast to coast since 1918.

While you will not be able to see this solar eclipse in Singapore, rest assured that the galaxy has another surprise in store for you - a lunar eclipse.

According to The National Geographic, on August 8, the moon will skirt through the northern part of Earth’s dark outer shadow, producing a partial lunar eclipse.

The entire event will last for two hours, it reported.

We will not be left out for this one, as Science Centre Singapore states in its list of astronomical events.

It will start in the wee hours of 1.22 in the morning to 3.18am but the timings can change give or take an hour.

For a more accurate timing on the lunar eclipse, interested parties can visit here.

How's that for a pre-National Day present from the sky.

Another notable event is the Perseids meteor showers that happens on August 12 and 13.

However, due to Singapore's brightly lit, urban environment, we may not be able to see much of it, the Science Centre report states.

akosasi@sph.com.sg

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