Night owl or early bird, here’s a good reason to stay up late (or wake up early) tomorrow night: you’ll be able to witness a total lunar eclipse on July 27 (Friday) to July 28 (Saturday)! The upcoming lunar eclipse is set to be the longest one this century, lasting close to four hours and starting at around 2am onwards. As the moon passes through the Earth’s shadow, it’ll turn a red to reddish brown color. The experience isn’t just instaworthy; just seeing the blood moon will definitely leave you in amazement and at a loss for words. This isn’t just the moon’s time to shine either – watch out for Mars too! Mars will be at its closest distance to Earth tomorrow night, making it shine brighter and redder too. This is happening at the same time as the lunar eclipse, so make sure to bring your best cameras!
Not sure where you can best see it? Don’t worry, you don’t have to go all the way to the provinces. There are plenty of places in and near Metro Manila! You can enjoy the skies while strolling through Manila Bay, or you can enjoy dinner (or midnight snacks) in one of the high-rise buildings and hotels in Makati. If you want to focus only on the heavens, Quezon City’s got you covered with two observatories, one each in Ateneo de Manila University and University of the Philippines-Diliman.
If you’re looking for a chiller atmosphere than the city, you can take a short road trip to Tagaytay, where you can witness the eclipse in any of the many coffee shops and hotels facing Taal Lake. Up North, Antipolo and Tanay in Rizal also offer great views from their restaurants and hotels.
Seems like everything’s all set for the moon’s (and Mars’s) big show tomorrow night. Get those cameras ready and pick your place – you definitely don’t wanna miss it!
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