If you didn’t already know, something big is happening this Saturday, 28 July 2018.
There’s going to be another LUNAR ECLIPSE happening! And not just any typical lunar eclipse.
Set to last 1 hour and 43 minutes from 3.30am to 5.13am Singapore time, this will be the longest lunar eclipse of the century and will be visible from Asia, Australia, Africa and Europe.
However, with Singapore being a well-developed city, our light pollution is intense, so it might be hard to find a good spot to get a good look and photo.
So here are some places that might be dark enough to enjoy the lunar eclipse (a.k.a blood moon) in all its scarlet glory.
1. Seletar Rocket Tower
Located in Upper Seletar Reservoir, the Seletar Rocket Tower makes for a great spot to catch the lunar eclipse.
The place is mostly secluded and it has 3 carparks a short walk away so it’s still accessible by car. Other than the lunar eclipse, it’s also a great place to catch amazing sunsets and stargaze too.
Address: Along Mandai Road Track 7, off Mandai Road
2. Changi Boardwalk
Changi Boardwalk is one of the more popular spots for stargazing and other astronomy-related pursuits.
Also known as Changi Point Coastal Walk, it is nestled at the western end of Changi Point.
It consists of six distinct sections, and offers a clear stunning view of the coastline. Just try not to drop anything into the sea.
Address: 7A Gosport Road, Singapore 509710
3. Changi Beach
Since you’re in the area, Changi Beach is also another great spot for stargazing and viewing the lunar eclipse.
Stargazing parties are still being organised and held at Changi Beach.
It’ll be best to bring a party of people if you intend to go there for lunar eclipse because Changi Beach is infamous for being “dirty”, if you know what I mean.
4. Lim Chu Kang Cemetery
Another spot with great views of the moon and stars and a spook factor.
If you’re brave enough, Lim Chu Kang Cemetery is actually a really great spot for stargazing due to the complete lack of streetlights within the cemetery.
Just don’t talk nonsense when you’re there. The last thing you want to do is intrude AND offend.
5. Labrador Nature Reserve
Labrador Nature Reserve is a great place by the sea for stargazing and moon-viewing.
For minimal light, you can head over to the Labrador Park boardwalk.
However, Labrador Nature Reserve comes with its own spooky tales so tread cautiously.
Labrador Park Nature Reserve
Address: Labrador Villa Road, Singapore 119187
6. Lorong Halus Bridge
The Lorong Halus bridge stretches over the Punggol Waterway and offers amazing views of the sunrise. It’s also great for stargazing and moon-viewing.
If you’re in the far north-east, this is your best spot for all your astronomy pursuits.
7. Singapore Botanic Gardens
The Singapore Botanic Gardens is one of the least light-polluted places in Singapore, along with the Labrador Park Nature Reserve.
Open fields for stargazing and moon-viewing are aplenty here. These include the spaces near the Eco Lake, Symphony Lake, Swan Lake, and the Bandstand.
Singapore Botanic Gardens
Eco Lake: Enter via Bukit Timah Gate
Symphony Lake: Enter via Nassim Gate
Swan Lake and Bandstand: Enter via Tanglin Gate
Opening Hours: Daily: 5am – 12am
8. Springleaf Nature Park
The Springleaf Nature Park is one of the top 3 least light-polluted spots in Singapore.
It is popular among astronomy groups that organise stargazing parties.
If you’re looking for a quiet spot to observe the lunar eclipse in the North, this is it.
Springleaf Nature Park
Address: 1230 Upper Thomson Road, Singapore 787129
So there you have it, 8 of the best places in Singapore to stargaze or observe the lunar eclipse. Remember to pack your cameras and telescopes!
(Header Image Source: Justin Ng Photography)