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Re: Lunar eclipse.

Posted: Tue Jul 31, 2018 6:35 am
by mike a feist
My list of despair i.e. time-dependent astronomical events lost to cloud include;
The second Transit of Venus ...aaargh! and the following Lunar Eclipses;
29/11/93, 25/5/94, 21/1/00, 16/5/03 ,21/12/10, 15/06/11 and 27/7/18. (And perhaps I should also add the eclipse I tried to see way back in my early days -date unknown-, when I tried to observe one with my first scope, a leather and brass Naval drawtube telescope.
Many other events have been "glimpsed through cloud" or, like the most recent transit of Mercury, when just few seconds only were seen, being almost immediately clouded out afterwards.
The Lunar eclipse of 9/2/90 was "glimpsed through cloud" and the one of 22/2/08 consisted of " two layers of cloud giving a few glimpsed in 8x36" and the one of 31/12/09 consisted of "double cloud layer, intermittent ten minute total views in 8x42".
The Solar Eclipse of 20/03/15 suffered from "masses of cloud throughout although did manage a very short view at 0920 from my back door".
I would have welcomed just a five minute view- or even two minutes- of the last Lunar Eclipse!
Regards, a rather glum, maf.

Re: Lunar eclipse.

Posted: Tue Jul 31, 2018 7:45 am
by mike a feist
I guess it is as it ever was!
Having recently picked up an old book called. "Half Hours with Air and Sky" dated 1881 , (no author given), the following quotation from Chapter 1, Meteoric Showers, etc, may be appropriate here!
"The writer took his stand on a hill some a hundred and fifty feet above the level of the sea, not far from the western extremity of the Isle of Wight. The night, or rather the early morning, of the 13th, was watched with intense anxiety. Wind and cloud and rain dashed our expectations, and we could only hope that other observers were favoured with better weather than ourselves, but have since learned that almost throughout the country they were doomed to similar disappointment, and in their turns were wishing a better fate for us." Once does feel for him too! Regards maf

Re: Lunar eclipse.

Posted: Tue Jul 31, 2018 3:00 pm
by brian livesey
It might be that many people are reluctant to take up astronomy because of the hype that the media gives to forthcoming astro-events that often turn out to be damp squibs, causing disappointment.

Re: Lunar eclipse.

Posted: Tue Jul 31, 2018 3:52 pm
by mike a feist
Hype is indeed a problem especially if people are expecting a ,"blood moon" or extra large "super moon" etc. The chance of picking out the fully-eclipsed just-risen Moon in anything but perfectly clear skies was unlikely, I think! The weather is, and has always been, perfidious here in England. Liking the sound of the word "perfidious" in this context, I checked its exact meaning in the dictionary = faithless, unfaithful, deceitful, and treacherous. I guess it fits....those cloud gaps encouraged us to believe we might see something of the eclipse so we spent two hours starting at the clouds that denied us the chance. Regards maf

Re: Lunar eclipse.

Posted: Wed Aug 01, 2018 2:30 pm
by brian livesey
A vivid blue was also seen at the lunar eclipse, caused by Earth's atmospheric ozone. See today's www.spaceweather.com .