17 July 2019
The Sharjah Academy for Astronomy, Space Sciences and Technology (SAASST) at the University of Sharjah organized a Partial Lunar Eclipse observation at the Sharjah Observatory. A large number of students, researchers, and space and astronomy enthusiasts turned up to observe the eclipse using different specialized telescopes and large binoculars. The night also featured observations of Jupiter, Saturn, and the Moon leading up to and through the eclipse.
The partial lunar eclipse started on the night of Tuesday, July 16th, 2019 at 10:43 PM, reaching the maximum eclipse at 1:30 AM of Wednesday, July 17th, 2019 and at 4:17 AM. The total duration of the eclipse is 5 hours and 34 minutes. This is a special occasion for public outreach programs as this partial lunar eclipse can just be observed with the naked eye.
The Sharjah Academy for Astronomy, Space Sciences and Technology (SAASST) has a tradition of utilizing its state-of-the-art observatory for scientifically educational and exciting astronomical events with the aim of serving the scientific community and disseminating knowledge to bring the field of astronomy and space sciences closer to students, researchers, as well as the public and space enthusiasts. SAASST organizes bi-monthly Observatory Open Houses on the second and fourth Thursdays of each month to allow the UAE community an opportunity to observe our planets, stars, and moon with their own eyes.