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Good chances for 'blood moon' in central, southern Taiwan: CWB

Good chances for 'blood moon' in central, southern Taiwan: CWB

Taipei, Oct. 8 (CNA) Astronomy buffs should head south of Hsinchu to catch a glimpse of the total lunar eclipse as fairer weather conditions are forecast there, the Central Weather Bureau (CWB) said Wednesday. The odds are stacked against northern, northeastern and eastern parts of the country due to showers brought by seasonal winds, while cloudy to clear skies are likely elsewhere, forecasters said. For those who cannot make the trip but still want to check out the blood moon in high-resolution action, the bureau's website will offer live streaming from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. at http://www.cwb.gov.tw/V7/astronomy/2014sky/20141008me/20141008live.htm. The total lunar eclipse, commonly called the "blood moon" because it turns copper-red at one point, will start at around 5:30 p.m., before the moon becomes visible, and last until 8:35 p.m., the bureau said. The moon will turn red as it becomes fully obscured by the Earth's shadow between 6:25 p.m. and 7:25 p.m. Wednesday night's celestial event will be the first time since Dec. 10, 2011 that a blood moon will be visible throughout Taiwan, weather permitting, the bureau said, adding that the there will not be another total lunar eclipse in full progress over Taiwan until Jan. 31, 2018. While stargazers can expect a total eclipse as Earth, the moon and the sun enter perfect alignment, the moon will not disappear completely because of refracted sunlight from Earth's atmosphere, turning instead a reddish hue. (By Lee Hsin-Yin)


Updated : 2021-05-13 02:53 GMT+08:00