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Malaysians will be treated to a full lunar eclipse on Chap Goh Meh tomorrow, according to the National Space Agency.
The eclipse will start at 4.16am and end at 7.23am.
However, the eclipse can be observed in Malaysia only from 5.30am until 7.23am.
CHAP GOH MEH
Tomorrow, the Chinese community will celebrate of the last day of the Lunar New Year, also known as Chap Goh Meh – a Hokkien word which simply means 'the 15th night' of the Chinese New Year.
In the olden days, this night was one of the few occasions when eligible young women, dresed in their best clothes, were allowed out of their homes without strict curfew. However, the men could only watch the women from afar.
In this modern days the girls will cut it into 2 pieces and wear it.
Men could watch the whole night.
No more throwing it into the river or sea.
UPDATE: 8 FEB 2009
A penumbral eclipse of the Moon on Chap Goh Meh
Monday 9 Feb 2009 evening will be quite an interesting night for avid sky watchers.
Before the moonrise (about 7.00pm) in the East, you have the lovely sight of a very bright & high Venus setting in the West.
And the ISS (International Space Station) will make an impressive high flyby from the North West, starting from about 7.55 pm and disappearing in the South Eastern horizon at 8.05 pm, (that's a mighty long 10 minutes!). Its path takes it about 10 degrees of Venus. Awesome!
Then, comes the main course of the evening, the eclipse......peak at around 10.49 pm. This being a penumbral eclipse (not even a partial one), we should only make out an indistinct darkening of part of the moon. The moon should be fully clear of the earth's shadow by 12.35 am, 10th February.
For insomnaics, stay out past 1.30 am...and the Comet Lulin rises! Now reported to be naked eye visible, this comet, newly discovered by a young chinese teenager in mid 2007, may be a sight for sore eyes. It will be very close to Zubenelgenubi in Libra.