31 Jan '18, 1pm

Singaporeans catch view of rare astronomical event last seen 152 years ago

Singaporeans catch view of rare astronomical event last seen 152 years ago

SINGAPORE - Many Singaporeans had their gazes trained on the sky on Wednesday evening (Jan 31), with some peering through telescopes to catch a rare astronomical event also witnessed by others around the world. A lunar eclipse, a blue moon and a supermoon occurred simultaneously - in a rare coincidence which last happened on March 31, 1866 . About 5,000 visitors flocked to The Observatory at The Science Centre Singapore to use one of 11 telescopes set up to catch the rare lunar eclipse. A special viewing session was held from 7.30pm to 10.30pm. At around 8.50pm, a full eclipse was visible, prompting visitors to whip out their phones and cameras to capture the moment. Ms Sally Sun, 28, a mechanical engineer, who viewed the full eclipse through one of the telescopes, said: “There was a gradient of brown to red. I’ve seen the blood moon in many photos, but it’s amazing and me...

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