Are you ready for a sky show unlike any other?
If you have a quota of looking up at the sky just once every month, make it on 28 July this month.
That's because you will be treated to a very rare celestial display.
According to local astronomer Shahrin Ahmad, Malaysians will be treated to three rare astronomical phenomena
on the very same day.
So, if you look up at the sky this 28 July, you'll get to see:
#1 Longest eclipse of the century
Shahrin told The Star Online
that the eclipse happening on that day (or early morning, to be exact) will be the longest of this century. According to Shahrin, the moon will take a total of four hours
to cross the Earth’s dark umbral shadow.
The best time to catch the eclipse, Shahrin revealed, is between 2.24am
#2 Blood moon
The highlight of every eclipse is the moment the moon turns bright red. This time around, Shahrin said that the 'blood moon' phenomenon will happen between 3.30am and 5.13am
#3 Mars and the Milky Way
Now, the crème de la crème
of the night: the sight of Mars and the Milky Way. Shahrin told the news portal that the moon, the planet Mars and the Milky Way will be visible side by side
on that night.
In fact, according to Shahrin, Mars will appear the brightest ever over the last 15 years.
According to Shahrin, the entire sky show will last one hour and 43 minutes
The best place to catch all three phenomenon is in Peninsular Malaysia, especially in the east coast states where there are less light pollution, said Shahrin.
So guys, gather your friends and get your telecsopes ready. The sky's going to put on a show.