Blood Moon safe to watch, no protective filters needed

Tomorrow night, October 8, 2014 is the second and last chance to view a total lunar eclipse this year. The first lunar eclipse of the year took place on April 15.

According to Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration, lunar eclipses are not dangerous to watch and that there is no need to use an eye protector when witnessing the episode.

“Lunar eclipses are safe to watch and observers need not use any kind of protective filters for the eyes. A pair of binocular will help magnify the view and will make the red coloration of the Moon brighter,” PAGASA said.

The total lunar eclipse is famously known as “Blood Moon” because of the rusty red color of the moon. A lunar eclipse occurs during full moon when the sun, earth and the moon come on a straight line.

In Philippine standard time, penumbral eclipse will begin at 4:14 p.m. and ends at 9:35 p.m. The Total eclipse will begin at 6:25 p.m. until 7:24 p.m.

The “Blood Moon” can also be observe in other parts of Asia, the Americas and Australasia.