A full lunar eclipse can be watched in Thailand on June 16 – at the longest duration at 3.39 hours in the past four years. The eclipse begins at 01:22 am and takes a full stage at 02:22, and ends at around 4 am, Saran Posayajinda, a senior government astronomer, said Monday. This will be the first of two lunar eclipses in 2011 and the third of all eclipses that occur throughout the year.
Will the Eclipse be Visible?
The June 16 total lunar eclipse will be visible to observers in Thailand. It is said that this eclipse will be one of the darkest eclipses ever. It will be second only to the July 16, 2000 total lunar eclipse. During the totality of the eclipse, the moon will pass in front of the center of the earth’s shadow. The best location to view the eclipse will be in the northernmost region of the “entire-eclipse zone” in central Asia, as well as Eastern Europe and northeastern Africa.
Many people in South America, Western Africa and Europe will view the eclipse at moon rise, while Eastern Asia and Australia will view the eclipse at moonset. Western Europe will see the moon rise already totally eclipsed and covering a portion of the ninth-magnitude global cluster NGC 6401, while those in southern Africa and Australia will see the moon slip past the cluster untouched. It is important to note that in order to see the cluster, you will need at least a 100-mm telescope.
Press Release: Chiangrai Times