The penumbral phase begins * 20 h 01 min 47 s CEST
The partial eclipse begins 21 h 35 min 18 s CEST
The maximum phase (12.2 %) 22 h 14 min 04 s CEST
The partial eclipse ends 22 h 52 min 39 s CEST
The penumbral phase ends * 00 h 26 min 20 s CEST
* this phase is observable just before and just after the partial eclipse phase
How to observe this eclipse?
No special equipment is required to observe a lunar eclipse; it's visible to the naked eye. However, having a small telescope, such as binoculars, can enhance the experience by allowing closer examination of lunar craters. With this equipment, you may also notice that the portion of the Moon within Earth's shadow isn't entirely dark, as faint rays of sunlight refracted in Earth's atmosphere can illuminate this area.
Even if the sky is not entirely clear and there's a thin veil of clouds (as long as it's not completely overcast), lunar eclipses can still be observed. In fact, the presence of passing clouds can add intrigue to the experience. These clouds can scatter lunar radiation on the water droplets or ice crystals they contain, leading to captivating phenomena such as the formation of a lunar halo, an atmospheric corona, and more. During a partial lunar eclipse, the passage of thin clouds can therefore amplify the drama and add a captivating photogenic quality to the spectacle. To enhance the experience even further, the end of daylight saving time on that night means we get an extra hour of sleep on Sunday, making the observation even more enjoyable.
The next lunar eclipse visible from the Czech Republic will occur on Wednesday, September 18, 2024 in the early morning hours and will again be partial. We will see a total eclipse on Sunday, 7th of September, 2025.
Observing the eclipse in Opava
The Institute of Physics at Silesian University in Opava is welcoming the public to observe the upcoming lunar eclipse from the recently opened WHOO observatory on the 4th floor of the institute building located at Bezručova náměstí 13. This event requires registration and is scheduled to take place between 7 pm and midnight under clear sky. in addition to the lunar eclipse, there will also be an observation of the planets Jupiter and Saturn. More about the newly opened terrace in a separate article (will be uploaded soon).
Observing the eclipse at the observatory in Ondřejov
In the West dome of the observatory of the Astronomical Institute of the Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic, there will be an observation for the public with an expert explanation from 9 to 11 p.m. Free, during clear sky only.