Whatever your plans for the weekend, be sure not sleep through the lunar eclipse on Saturday night. But be warned, the Moon will become an eerie, coppery-red colour that could bring out the Wolf in you.
A total lunar eclipse occurs when the Moon passes into the shadow of Earth, becoming dim until it emerges from the shadow. This is a rare occurrence, only one will happen this year.
On Saturday the partial eclipse begins at 23:30, the total eclipse begins at 00:44 early on Sunday morning and lasts until 01:58, and at 03:11 the last sliver of the Moon will emerge from the Earth’s shadow.
Our astronomers will be doing special eclipse event talks and telescope viewing for visitors in the National Parks – Kruger, Golden Gate, Mapungubwe, Marakele and Mokala – and at Forum Homini in the Cradle of Humankind. We’re also doing some events in neighbouring countries – at The Falls in Zambia, Hwange Zimbabwe and in Mauritius.
Enjoy, wherever you are on Saturday night.