Watching lunar eclipse and Venus transit
The partial eclipse started at 4.59pm (Vietnam time), with the greatest eclipse reaching at 6.30pm, when 37 percent of the moon will be shaded. The eclipse ended at 7.06pm.
An eclipse occurs when the Moon passes behind the Earth, so the Earth blocks the Sun’s rays from striking the Moon.
Soon afterwards, the other phenomenon, a transit of Venus across the Sun’s face, occurred on June 6. This is the most outstanding astronomical event this year as the next transit will be in 105 years time.
A transit of Venus across the Sun takes place when Venus passes directly between the Sun and Earth, becoming visible against the solar disk. Transits of Venus are among the rarest of predictable astronomical phenomena.
Venus is the second planet outward from the sun and next planet inward from Earth. During a transit, Venus can be seen from Earth as a small black disk moving across the face of the Sun. The phenomenon happened over 6 hours and 40 minutes.
In Vietnam, the phenomenon started when the sun rises and ended at about 12 o’clock.
Bellow are pictures of the lunar eclipse and Venus transit:
The lunar eclipse in HCM City. Photos by members of the HCM City Amateur Astronomy Club.
The lunar eclipse in the southern province of Tien Giang.
|In the Philippines. Photo: JPR|
|In Beijing, China. Photo: Xinhua|
In Billings, Montana, USA. Photo: Rob Sparks.
|In Australia. Photo: AFP.|
In Jakarta, Indonesia. Photo: AFP
In Hawaii, USA. Photo: Kalani Pokipala.
In Wichita, Kansas, USA. Photo: Space.
In Saskatoon, Canada. Photo: Colin Chatfield.
In Maricopa, Arizona, USA. Photo: Meggan Wood.
In San Jose, California, USA. Photo: Lisa Werner.
|In Concord, California, USA. Photo:Scott Halihan.|
At 7.30am, June 6.
|A woman in Colombia. Photo: AFP.|
|Mr. Armando Higareda, Chair of Mexican Astronomy Association watched the phenomenon in castle Chapultepec, Mexico City, Mexico. Photo: AFP.|
|Two boys in Yokohama Scientific Center, Yokohama, Japan. Photo: AFP.|
|Young men in Pasadena, California, USA. Photo: AFP.|
|In Medellin, Colombia. Photo: AFP.|
|A boy in Maryland, USA. Photo : AFP.|
|In Mexico City, Mexico. Photo: AFP.|
|Kids in Allahabad, India.|
|In New York, USA. Photo: AFP.|
Compiled by S. Tung