The global lunar eclipse on Wednesday evening is likely to be a cosmic spectacular according to leading astronomers. A larger super moon than is usual for eclipses is expected to brighten the orange-red glow as the moon passes into the shadow of Earth. The lunar eclipse will last for 76 minutes and will begin a little before 20:00 in Thailand.
The total eclipse will turn the light of the moon from an off white to a fiery red while The Moon, the Sun and Earth are in line. The National Institute of Astronomy’s star-gazers say the phenomenon will easily be visible to the naked eye although visiting an observatory equipped with high-powered telescopes is likely to give optimum views.
The bright lights of cities tend to tone down the beauty of eclipses so if in Chiang Mai it would be better to head out into the countryside, or better still, take a trip to Thailand’s highest mountain, Doi Inthanon. The first of two lunar eclipses in 2018 will take place on the 31 January and begin at 19:51.