CRAAG: a very rare astronomical phenomenon in Algeria

Rare astronomical phenomena arouse people’s curiosity, but also their admiration. Eclipses have always been a center of excitement and their occurrence has often generated considerable interest. These facts are not however visible each time across the entire globe but this time, Algeria is concerned.

The country located in the North African zone is this time concerned by a rather rare astronomical phenomenon during this month of May. Indeed, the Center for Research in Astronomy, Astrophysics and Geophysics (CRAAG) revealed in a press release published this Saturday, May 14, the appearance of a total lunar eclipse on the night of May 15 to 16.

This will be visible from midnight only, because the moon will enter the semi-umbral region around 2:30 a.m., and will enter the umbra region around 3:30 a.m. It has also been clarified that the full eclipse will only be present at 4:30 a.m. until the moon sets at 5:45 a.m.

How to observe this rare phenomenon, and is it dangerous?

The alignment of the Sun, the Earth and the Moon, is an extremely rare event, which occurs on average only once per century and this astronomical phenomenon is described as being quite spectacular. Indeed, the moon takes on a coppery red color and is called in these cases “Blood Moon”.

In order to observe it, it is advisable to go to areas where the sky is clear, to move away from pollution but also very bright places in order to enjoy the show. It should be remembered that unlike solar eclipses, which are very dangerous for human vision, lunar eclipses are not and can be seen with the naked eye or even through binoculars.

Nevertheless, according to the CRAAG, this phenomenon will be visible again in Algeria in 3 years, more precisely on March 14 and September 7, 2025.

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