- The Straits Times
If there’s ever a best time to go moongazing in Malaysia, it is probably tonight (Jan 31) , just as the clock strikes seven.
Wednesday night will be the first time in 152 years that Malaysians will be able to witness a very rare triple display of a blue moon, a supermoon and a total lunar eclipse – also dubbed the super blue blood moon.
Last occurring in 1866, the super blue blood moon phenomenon will gradually be visible in Malaysia from 7pm tonight.
Although called a blue moon, the colour of the moon will not be blue but reddish. The term “blue moon” is used to refer to the rarity of having a second full moon in one month.
According to the National Planetarium, the moon tonight will also be 14 per cent larger and 30 per cent brighter than usual.
Coastal areas facing the sea on the east side and elevated areas with unobstructed views of the sky are ideal locations you can get a better glimpse of the rare event.
Various viewing events are being held across Malaysia tonight. Here are some you can check out:
- National Planetarium in Kuala Lumpur
- National Observatory in Langkawi
- Observatory of Kota Bharu
- Promenade of Karpal Singh Drive in Penang
- Ceral Al-Khawarizmi Hall in Tanjung Bidara, Melaka
- Tun Mustapha Tower in Sabah
- Teluk Kemang Observatory in Port Dickson
- Selangor Observatory
- Tok Jembal Beach in Terengganu