Watch par­tial lu­nar eclipse at KOM to­day

Muscat Daily - - NATION -

Muscat - As­tron­omy Pioneer Projects, a com­pany which is in­cu­bated at the Na­tional Busi­ness Cen­tre (NBC), will or­gan­ise on Mon­day an event in the Knowl­edge Oa­sis Muscat (KOM) to ob­serve the par­tial lu­nar eclipse vis­i­ble in sul­tanate and many other coun­tries.

Is­sam al Salhi, ex­ec­u­tive direc­tor of As­tron­omy Pioneer Projects, said that the sub­shadow eclipse will be­gin at 7.50pm when the Moon’s light will dim slightly, but will be dif­fi­cult to ob­serve with the naked eye un­til the Moon en­ters the Earth’s shadow at 9.22pm.

The Moon will stay in this area un­til 11.18pm.

The end of the eclipse will be at 12.50am.

Salhi added plan­ets Jupiter and Saturn too will be ob­served.

The pub­lic will be able to ben­e­fit and en­joy the beauty of the plan­ets us­ing the astro­nom­i­cal tele­scopes, which will be avail­able at the event.

He also pointed out that lu­nar eclipse hap­pens when the Moon passes di­rectly be­hind the Earth into its shadow, and this phe­nom­e­non can oc­cur when the Sun, Earth and Moon are aligned.

The ob­ser­va­tion event will be held at KOM 4’s park­ing area.

Rep­re­sen­ta­tives of Pe­tro­leum Devel­op­ment Oman (PDO) and Plan­e­tar­ium and Astro­nom­i­cal So­lu­tions Com­pany will be at the event.

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