People in the country will have the opportunity to witness a total eclipse of the Moon or "Supermoon" on Wednesday. The phenomenon can be seen without using special equipment, but using telescopes and binoculars will make the Moon look clearer and closer.
The phenomenon occurs when the Sun, Earth and Moon line up causing the Moon to pass through the Earth's shadow, where the Earth is between the Sun and the Moon. This will prevent the Moon from receiving light from the Sun because it is blocked by the Earth's shadow. Awang Haji Morni bin Haji Tarip, Chief Survey Technician at the Survey Department said in this type of phenomenon the Moon is called the 'Supermoon' because the Moon and the Earth would be less than 360 thousand kilometres away from each other, making the Moon look much bigger and closer than on normal days. The total eclipse of the Moon would take 5 hours and 17 minutes. In Brunei it would start from 6.51pm on Wednesday until 12.08am the next day. The eclipse phase would be between 7.48pm and 11.11pm, while the total eclipse would be from 8.51pm to 9.29pm when it would be at its peak, ending at around 10.08pm.
The Survey Department will organise an observation activity and provide equipment such as telescope and theodolite for those wanting to witness the phenomenon. The activity is held at several venues namely Taman Haji Sir Muda Omar Ali Saifuddien in the capital, Tatangan Persiaran Sungai Tutong and Taman Persiaran Menara Cendera Kenangan in Kuala Belait. The public are welcome to join in witnessing the eclipse of the Moon.
Source: Radio Television Brunei