Sabah folks invited to witness 'super blue blood moon' at iconic Menara Tun Mustapha

January 30, 2018 @ 2:17PM
By OLIVIA MIWIL

KOTA KINABALU: Yayasan Sabah Group and Sabah Stargazer Association will be observing the total lunar eclipse at the Tun Mustapha tower here tomorrow.

The group's corporate communications group manager Sam S. Karnail, in statement, said the event will provide opportunities for the public to witness the rare phenomenon.

He said based on National Space Agency's (Angkasa) observation, the eclipse will happen when the moon rises in the eastern horizon.

However, for Sabah and Sarawak, this phenomenon will begin after moonrise.

“The eclipse will start at 6.51pm tomorrow when the Earth's penumbra starts to touch the moon's face and at 7.48pm, partial lunar eclipse begins where the moon gradually turns to red.

“The total eclipse begins at 8.51pm, with the maximum full eclipse phase at 9.29pm,” he said.

This total lunar eclipse, also known as blood moon, will be fully visible in Kota Kinabalu.

"When the eclipse is almost over, the moon had just crossed the perigee position a day earlier (Jan 30) with a distance of 358,993 kilometers from the Earth, making this a 'Supermoon Eclipse'.

Supermoon occurs when the moon is less than 360,000 kilometers from Earth.

No specific equipment is required to see this phenomenon.

“Yayasan Sabah Group with the support of Sabah Stargazer Association will hold observation activities for the public to witness this phenomenon.

“This is also in line with the effort of the Management of Yayasan Sabah Group to use the iconic Menara Tun Mustapha as a civic and recreational centre for the general public.” he said, adding mobile telescopes will be provided to visitors.

(File pix) Yayasan Sabah Group and Sabah Stargazer Association will be observing the total lunar eclipse at the Tun Mustapha tower here tomorrow. Pix by Roslin Mat Tahir