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A special phenomenon of a total lunar eclipse will occur on Saturday, 4th April 2015. The eclipse will be the first of two Total Lunar Eclipses to occur in 2015, with the second following on Monday, 28th September 2015. This first total lunar eclipse of the year will be visible over Indonesia just after the sun sets and the moon rises.

In the capital city of Jakarta, this special phenomenon will be visible from 17:52:26 to 21:58:58 West Indonesia Time. The Jakarta Planetarium and Observatory is making all the necessary preparations for this special phenomenon.
A slight difference from a total solar eclipse (which will also occur over the Indonesian sky in 2016), the total lunar eclipse can be observed directly with the naked eye. However, binoculars and unfiltered stellar telescopes can help to observe the phenomenon even clearer.

The color of the moon while it is on the umbra or dark shadow of the earth area during the total eclipse will depend on the earth's outer space condition. On 4thApril 2015, a spectacular view will be presented to all observing eyes since the moon will feature a blood red color, which is commonly known as the "Blood Moon" for about 5 minutes during the peak phase of the eclipse. The red color appears when the moon is at the Earth's umbra area caused by the refraction of sunlight by the earth's atmosphere. The red color unfortunately also reflects the high level of pollution. The higher the pollution level of an area (in this case Jakarta), the more red the color of the moon. The peak of the total solar eclipse will occur for 5 minutes from 18:57:54 to 19:02:37 West Indonesia Time.

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