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Lunar eclipse visible from Cape Town in June - CapeTown ETC
Star-gazers are in for a show this coming June as residents in the Mother City will be able to see a Penumbral Lunar Eclipse.
Star-gazers are in for a show this coming June as residents in the Mother City will be able to see a Penumbral Lunar Eclipse. As far as astronomical events go, 2020 has been an eventful year, from an array of super moons to a meteor shower and now a lunar eclipse. On June 5, Cape Town will witness a unique lunar eclipse known as the Penumbral Lunar Eclipse. During this unusual lunar event the Earth’s main shadow does not cover the moon, instead a lighter shadow is cast over the moon by the edge of the Earth’s shadow. Often mistaken for a super moon, this kind of eclipse occurs when the sun, moon and the Earth are imperfectly aligned. It is called the Penumbral Lunar Eclipse because the outer part of the Earth’s shadow is known as the Penumbra. Starting at 7:45pm on Friday, June 5, the eclipse will reach its maximum at 9.24pm, where half of the moon will be covered by a light shadow. The event will come to and end at 11.04pm. Don’t forget to look up at the sky on June 5 and mark you calendar because another Penumbral Lunar Eclipse is expected to be visible from Cape Town on July 5. Picture: Pexels
Lyrid meteor shower to peak tonight - CapeTown ETC
The first meteor shower of the year is here! The dazzling Lyrid meteor shower is visible from April 16 to April 25 but it peaks this evening, April 21.
The first meteor shower of the year is here! The dazzling Lyrid meteor shower is visible from April 16 to April 25 but it peaks this evening, April 21. This unique event will light up the sky and will be visible to the naked eye, so residents won’t need to take out their star-gazing equipment to catch the show. Bright meteors to rare fireball-like displays are on the cards for the shower this evening. What is the Lyrid meteor shower? Leftover meteor debris from the Comet Thatcher are the cause of the Lyrid meteor shower. A stream of debris are left behind in the comet’s trail and ignite in the night sky. Small pieces of dust and rock particles plummet from space and enter the Earth’s atmosphere to be burned away before reaching the surface. The Comet Thatcher is one of eight great comets known to man in the 19th century. Its last orbit of the earth was in 1861 and its next orbit will only take place in 2265. Those in the northern hemisphere are in for a particularly good show this year and the peak of the meteor shower will take place between 2am and dawn. On average, 18 streaks of meteors are viewed per hour during the celestial event. So while you’re staying home this evening, remember to look out your window and keep an eye out for a bright stellar show. Picture: Pexels
Western Cape confirmed coronavirus cases up to 812 - CapeTown ETC
Premier Alan Winde confirmed in a statement today [April 18] that the Western Cape has recorded 812 cases of coronavirus. The total active cases, or currently infected patients, is 587 with 38 in hospital of which 15 are in ICU.
Premier Alan Winde confirmed in a statement today [April 18] that the Western Cape has recorded 812 cases of coronavirus. The total active cases, or currently infected patients, is 587 with 38 in hospital of which 15 are in ICU. To date, there have been 210 recoveries in the province. Yesterday, the Western Cape recorded two more deaths, a 43-year-old man, and a 54-year-old woman. As a result, the total number of the deaths in the province is now 15. Additionally, the Western Cape is continuing to scale up the community screening process. Thus far, 62,509 screenings have been conducted and 3195 tests have taken place. Images: Facebook / Premier Alan Winde According to the statement, many of the transmissions have been local. “While the notable increase of new infections reflects the increased testing being conducted in the province, it is clear from the data that transmission in our communities is increasing. Of the 812 confirmed cases of COVID-19 today, 500 are confirmed local transmission cases,” said Winde. The Premier urged residents of the Western Cape to abide by lockdown rules and practice safe social distance. For those needing to run essential errands, or who are categorised as essential workers the Premier advised that “you wash your hands or use a hand sanitizer, keep a distance of 1.5 metres from any other person, and wear a clean, cloth mask. Do not touch your face or your mask and if you are ill, stay at home. If you experience flu-like symptoms, call the national or provincial coronavirus hotlines on 0800 029 999 or 021 928 4102 so they can advise you on steps to take.” Picture: Unsplash