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Lunar eclipse.

Posted: Wed Jul 25, 2018 9:32 am
by brian livesey
The Moon will be eclipsed on Friday between 8:30 and 10:15 in the evening. It will be the longest lunar eclipse of this century.
Mars will also be close to the Moon and, because of its brilliance, the red planet will not be washed out by the Moon.

Re: Lunar eclipse.

Posted: Wed Jul 25, 2018 2:03 pm
by David Frydman
Hi Brian,
With a reversed binocular one can make a magnitude estimate of the eclipsed moon.
Mars about magnitude minus 2.7?
They may be pretty similar if the moon is sufficiently small.

On the other hand the fake news says it will be the end of the world.
Time will tell.
I didn't realise it but apocalypse stories are there to generate income from scare stories. The purveyors don't believe what they are saying.
A strange world.

Regards,
David

Re: Lunar eclipse.

Posted: Wed Jul 25, 2018 4:54 pm
by skyhawk
brian livesey wrote:The Moon will be eclipsed on Friday between 8:30 and 10:15 in the evening. It will be the longest lunar eclipse of this century.
Mars will also be close to the Moon and, because of its brilliance, the red planet will not be washed out by the Moon.

So that is 20:30 and 22:15 ;)

Re: Lunar eclipse.

Posted: Thu Jul 26, 2018 5:22 am
by PaulB
I am looking forward to seeing both.

But. The weather at the moment looks decidedly grotty during the eclipse period.

Fingers crossed we get a reprieve.

Re: Lunar eclipse.

Posted: Fri Jul 27, 2018 8:34 pm
by trynda1701
I know the weather is usually uncooperative with astronomical events, but here in the UK, the first chance at rain in WEEKS is really taking the ****!

Will keep an eye out, but it's cloudy. Moon peeked out thru clouds last night at 1am, so you never know!

Re: Lunar eclipse.

Posted: Sat Jul 28, 2018 5:51 am
by mike a feist
Lunar Eclipse Report.
27/7/18. 2100-2300 BST. After two months without rain and night after night of clear skies, we had here on the south coast, some short showers during the late afternoon and the sky clouded over. However the clouds broke just before sunset and a considerable number of Foredown Tower Astronomers, camera obscura volunteers and friends plus members of the public gathered on the Foredown Ridge with hopes of seeing something of this event. Large gaps appeared in the clouds but throughout the two hours none were in the right place to reveal either the setting Sun or the eclipsed Moon, although Jupiter could be seen plus lightning which was far away beyond Brighton. People finally slowly gave up and headed for their homes. The last two, including me, left just before 2300 BST, and on the way home I noticed a bright patch in the cloud behind which the Moon was still hidden. This was my seventh lunar eclipse that has been lost to cloud. Regards maf

Re: Lunar eclipse.

Posted: Sat Jul 28, 2018 9:29 am
by skyhawk
I remember these a while ago

Re: Lunar eclipse.

Posted: Sun Jul 29, 2018 5:58 am
by mike a feist
If I am not mistaken, these photographs were taken on the 28/9/2015. That was a lovely lunar eclipse which I was able to follow from start to finish, from 0213-0530 BST. I too have a series of similar photographs plus a series of 18 little drawings. The conditions were for that eclipse were perfect!
The recent lunar eclipse was a sooooo frustrating, it would have been better had the sky been solidly cloudy throughout, rather than those tantalising gaps in the cloud! Regards maf.

Re: Lunar eclipse.

Posted: Sun Jul 29, 2018 3:34 pm
by trynda1701
Typically, even though it was raining yesterday evening, got a great view of the just past Full Moon rising over the houses to the South East after midnight! :roll:

Congratulations to folks if you saw the eclipse. :D 8)

Re: Lunar eclipse.

Posted: Sun Jul 29, 2018 7:27 pm
by skyhawk
mike a feist wrote:If I am not mistaken, these photographs were taken on the 28/9/2015. That was a lovely lunar eclipse which I was able to follow from start to finish, from 0213-0530 BST. I too have a series of similar photographs plus a series of 18 little drawings. The conditions were for that eclipse were perfect!
The recent lunar eclipse was a sooooo frustrating, it would have been better had the sky been solidly cloudy throughout, rather than those tantalising gaps in the cloud! Regards maf.

Think it was a long time before that but can't remember exactly, I have seen it when living in Scotland and Cornwall, this was from Cornwall

Re: Lunar eclipse.

Posted: Mon Jul 30, 2018 6:07 am
by mike a feist
Sorry that my suggested date of the eclipse photographs posted is possibly in error.
An astronomical + photographic colleague always moans that I spoil all my photographs when printing them out in the chemist with the date on them. Just proves my point that the added date is so I importent! Similarly how more interesting and historically informative would all those thousands upon thousands of old Victorian postcards now be if they were printed at the time with the dates thereon! Regards maf.

Re: Lunar eclipse.

Posted: Mon Jul 30, 2018 10:38 am
by brian livesey
No lunar eclipse here and no donner und blitz either :( :D .

Re: Lunar eclipse.

Posted: Mon Jul 30, 2018 12:24 pm
by skyhawk
mike a feist wrote:Sorry that my suggested date of the eclipse photographs posted is possibly in error.
An astronomical + photographic colleague always moans that I spoil all my photographs when printing them out in the chemist with the date on them. Just proves my point that the added date is so I importent! Similarly how more interesting and historically informative would all those thousands upon thousands of old Victorian postcards now be if they were printed at the time with the dates thereon! Regards maf.

No need to be sorry ??? :) :) Even I can't remember when I took them ;) ;) ;)

Re: Lunar eclipse.

Posted: Mon Jul 30, 2018 3:35 pm
by Brian
With impeccable timing the clouds rallied and everything was blotted out. Even at midnight it was impossible to see any hint of the Full Moon behind the clouds, not even a glimmer :(

Re: Lunar eclipse.

Posted: Mon Jul 30, 2018 4:03 pm
by PaulB
And as if the Weather Gods like to mock.
Saturday where I live. The skies were clear :evil: :evil:

We all have to have a thick skin in this land of ours, to be an amateur astronomer :)