Along with most of the Middle East, Asia and Africa, Israel will experience a total lunar eclipse this coming Wednesday evening.
Kind of ironic, given that it’s also the opening night of Jerusalem’s popular Festival of Light! As tens of thousands of visitors descend on the Old City to enjoy the lighting creations of dozens of talented designers, we’ll apparently be plunged into lunar darkness between 9:22 p.m and midnight. Good thing we’ll have all that artificial man-made light to lead our way…
Some scientists speculate that this week’s eclipse may be more spectacular than usual, given the fact that one of Iceland’s volcanoes has been spewing ash into the atmosphere along with a good sprinkling from South America–this kind of ash can affect the color and brightness of an eclipse. This time around, the moon is also passing directly through the center of teh earth’s shadow, making for a particularly dark experience.
The partial eclipse starts at 9:22 p.m, with the total eclipse reached exactly one hour later at 10:22 p.m and the greatest eclipse occuring at 11:12 p.m. Set your alarm clocks!