One Night Only

Tonight: the super wolf moon, fully eclipsed.

The duration of the eclipse, from beginning to end, will be fully visible in the America’s. In Europe, the eclipse will occur in the wee hours of the morning on Monday, Jan 21. The eclipse will not be visible in Australia and Asia since it will be daytime. How much of the eclipse will be observed, of course, will depend upon the weather. Ideally, clear skies offer the best viewing opportunity. Not so good, those still experiencing the coast-to-coast winter storm.

maximum: total lunar eclipse (Sep 27 2015)

This eclipse promises to be one of the best, with its duration in totality lasting for 62 minutes. While no aid is required to watch tonight’s eclipse, a pair of binoculars will greatly aid the process and heighten its enjoyment. A telescope is okay too, especially if your viewing also includes planets and stars.

For more information and times on tonight’s eclipse, please consult Sky and Telescope’s guide here.

Happy viewing!

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An Abstracted Eclipse

An abstracted view of the total lunar eclipse that occurred earlier this month.

moonrise, Friday evening (07:19 pm, Apr 03 2015)

 

eclipse nearing totality, Saturday morning (05:39 am, Apr 04 2015)

 

eclipse nearing totality, Saturday morning (05:41 am, Apr 04 2015)

 

off tripod and low in the sky, the fully-eclipsed moon setting behind the antenna farm on Cheyenne Mountain (05:58 am, Apr 04 2015)

 

off tripod and low in the sky, the fully-eclipsed moon setting behind the antenna farm on Cheyenne Mountain (05:59 am, Apr 04 2015)

 

out-of-focus view of the antenna farm, after moonset, on Cheyenne Mountain (06:01 am, Apr 04 2015)

 

Locally, there were several places where it was able to be observed with very little obstruction. For us, we have a decent view of the sky for astronomical viewing from the backyard. It is limited, by trees, when looking to the west and southwest. If the subject is low in the western sky, viewing is further restricted by the mountains.

While the line of sight to view the eclipse, or many other astronomical subjects, is much better from the garage roof, climbing a ladder in the dark is not recommended.

 

Note

The final eclipse of this tetrad will occur on September 28, 2015. This graphic by NASA will indicate if the eclipse can be seen from your location.

Traditional Friday Catblogging

In preparation, may be, for tomorrow morning’s total lunar eclipse before sunrise.

Maxie and Tuxie ready for their sleep

 

Saturday morning’s total lunar eclipse is the third in a “tetrad”, four total lunar eclipses in a row occurring at six month intervals. When the eclipse reaches its maximum, the moon will take on a deep red/rust color – hence the reference to the “blood moon”. Farther west an observer is located, better the view. In the USA, the Eastern and Central Time zones will not see the total lunar eclipse as the moon would have already set and daylight present. In the Mountain Time zone, the first rays of sunrise adding extra color to the sky may make for a special extra viewing of the totally eclipsed moon. The better viewing will be on the West Coast, and the best viewing will be across the Pacific, in Hawaii and points westward into the Western Pacific with darkened skies. The eclipse will be seen in Australia and East Asia on Saturday evening. Like all celestial events, viewing depends on the weather conditions.

For additional information on the eclipse, please read here.

 

Sidebar

If away from the city lights, another sight worth taking in will be the close proximity of the Milky Way. A darker sky will be needed to observe the Milky Way and the eclipse together. The better views will begin on the West Coast (USA), with the best across the Pacific expanse. For additional information on the Milky Way and lunar eclipse viewing in the same sky, please read here.