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  1. I'm having some trouble finding the right time to try and observe this.. Am I missing something or are there some very different opinions on when this event occurs? EarthSky says you can see the Lunar X four hours around the first quarter. I saw on another source it was 2 hours before first quarter.. Heavens Above tells me first quarter in my location is around 10:30pm tonight and I live in the UK. So according to the times posted on this thread.. Ive already missed the Lunar X as it was at 0442 this morning.. I'm rather confused. Any help would be appreciated.
  2. Thanks for the help Paulastro John, I had a carbon copy experience of yours.. exactly one minute before the moon was due to touch over the sun's surface and it went behind a dense cloudbank.. from what was a very clear part of the sky.. gutted.
  3. I haven't seen any threads regarding viewing the eclipse from the UK.. It will be only slightly visible before sunset.. and the current forecast for most of the UK looks poor so I can understand a kerbed enthusiasm. Would using paper pinhole projection actually give any image of the eclipse bearing in mind how low down the sun will be?
  4. Brilliant, thanks for that! At some point during the summer I will give it a go then. Would I be right in saying transparency will be a big factor as to whether the star would be visible or not on any given night? And that the transparency would need to be very good.
  5. Good idea, I'll do a bit of testing to find out.
  6. Hi all, I am currently compiling a list of the top 20 brightest stars to give myself an observing challenge over the course of the year, and I am only including stars visible from the UK (specifically in Essex). Its pretty straight forward, apart from that I am questioning whether one star in particular - Shaula in Scorpius (magnitude of 1.6), is going to be possible or not. As far as I can tell the highest altitude it reaches for observation in Essex is 1 degree above the horizon. I understand if it is possible, it would require some amazing conditions to be visible, a
  7. Thanks for the suggestion, I will give that a go.
  8. Looked like at one stage they might be staying on all night again! More drama than watching Neighbours is this whole street lighting fiasco.
  9. I thought coinciding this years Stargazing Live with an actual astronomy event worked really. Got some enthusiasm building about the show.. and should defiantly be done again. Shame there's not much on the horizon for the upcoming 12 months or so I believe? The lunar eclipse in September is no good.. at least for a live show! The transit of Mercury in May 2016 could certainly be used? That must be a contender.
  10. Massive fan. Being able to see naked eye detail on another world.. the gorgeous red colour at moon rise & moon set.. plane contrails beside a Full Moon.. But then again I'm not at all a 'deep sky observer' so it's never really bothered me that much!
  11. It's one I'll certainly have to wait until we have a good transparent sky for.!
  12. I was wondering if anyone has ever caught a glimpse of the star Menkent, or I suppose indeed any part of the constellation of Centaurus viewed from the UK. I believe it only ever rises about a maximum of 2 degree's above the horizon from the UK and is a mag 2 star. Been wanting to challenge myself in terms of viewing a fairly bright-ish star that is a tricky spot from our location.
  13. Tough spot was Mercury tonight.. just about managed it unaided.. needed Venus though as a marker.. Lovely to see both in the evening twilight though. Brilliant sight they are together.
  14. Thanks for that, very detailed weather forecast as well.
  15. Even at midnight that would have had an effect?
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