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Full lunar eclipse over Malaysian skies

Aina Idriena Osman

Aina Idriena Osman

UUM News Reporter

KUALA LUMPUR: The full lunar eclipse of this year emerged over Malaysian skies last night at its largest and brightest after 3 years.

Yesterday, from 4.02 p.m. to 9.56 p.m., a full lunar eclipse was visible to Malaysians across the country.

The full lunar eclipse, also known as the Annular solar eclipse can be seen in five continents around the world – Asia, Australia, North America, South America, as well as northern and eastern parts of Europe, according to the space agency.

A lunar eclipse occurs when the moon drifts across the Earth’s dark shadow during a period when the sun, the earth and the moon are closely aligned. Because of that alignment, our planet’s shadow will temporarily block the light that the sun reflects off the moon’s surface, so the moon’s brightness will fade

The spectacle, however, cannot be seen during its early phase because the eclipse occurred while the moon is below the horizon of the Earth, according to a tweet from the Malaysian Space Agency (MySA).

When the sun, Earth, and moon are very tightly aligned along an axis, a lunar eclipse takes place as the moon passes through Earth’s shadow.

A full lunar eclipse was expected to be in the skies at approximately 7pm.

As Sabah and Sarawak experience the phase when the moon is in a full lunar eclipse, the people of Malaysia had the chance to see the phenomenon when the moon starts to rise on the eastern horizon.

Total lunar eclipses occur, on average, about once every year and a half, according to NASA. But the interval varies.