Eyes gazing to the skies

Oasis Stargazers Club secretary Ian Hammerton prepares for the upcoming lunar eclipse. Picture: Carmel Zaccone

Oasis Stargazers Club secretary Ian Hammerton prepares for the upcoming lunar eclipse. Picture: Carmel Zaccone

THE longest lunar eclipse of the 21st century is only a few weeks away, and it’s not the only special event occurring in the sky this month.

Local enthusiast stargazers have been pointing their telescope at the planet Mars, which has been at the closest to the Earth as it can be, before aiming at the ''blood moon” on July 27.

Starting about 5am and finishing about 7.30am, the eclipse will see the full moon turn sunset red, a “delight for the eyes”, according to Oasis Stargazers Club secretary Ian Hammerton.

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