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MarsG76

The Lunar Eclipse HAS BEGUN

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Hello astronomers,

Just to let you know, that the longest lunar eclipse of the 21st century has started... we down here see the beginning and you all (cloud less skies permitting) will see the conclusion.

So far, at 4:45am, the moon has been bitten. Through the binoculars the bitten part has a reddish hue to it.. of course it does.. the Earths shadowy bite drew blood...

 

Clear skies.

 

 

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Stop rubbing it in!😀

 

Not looking great weather wise here in the UK, as clouds rush in from the West with heavy rain forecast. Some of us might get lucky!

In Central Scotland, it's currently cloudy, looking like rain by moonrise, continued thru rest of the night. I will keep checking between 10pm and 11pm, as I glimpsed the Moon thru clouds at about 1am last night, but not holding my breath.

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Glad to hear you are getting a good view of it @MarsG76 - not looking good here 😞 

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No rain but thick cloud here in SW England.

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Thunder, lightning, torrential rain.....marvellous! 😀

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darn weather, its allways cloudy here when theres a event , im setup but I think ive more chance of growing a third set of teeth. great report MG, thanks. charl.

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heres a live broadcast on youtube if anyone wants a watch 

might be the only view we get here in wales. charl.

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Thanks Charl, only cloud here.

Dave

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thick cloud here too. I was talking to my son who's in Malta via whatsaap and I asked him if he could see the moon. He could but didn't know about the eclipse so I asked him to take a pic and send it. So from his phone with a bit of editing. A brownish Red, better than nothing :) 

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I can see a few gaps in the cloud, but the moon hasn't rose past the hill yet. it will be another 30min or so before its in range, bet the clouds just teasing me.. charl.

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Cloud just where I think the moon is!

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Totality happened at around 5:44 AEST. Looking at it through the binoculars just before deep totality looked awesome... it was the deep orange rust color but with a greeny hue across it.

The lunar features, maria, ejecta plains and high lands, were almost highlighted with contrast from the slightly brighter edge of the moon... what an awesome view... I think it actually looked better than totality, which was at 6:18AEST, which was dark brown and due to dimness, the features were starting to wash away... I think that about 30-40 minutes before mid-totality looked better and more interesting than the actual deep totality.

The moon moved below the western mountains at 6:25am, when I called it a night.....

What a awesome night, started with Mars Opposition overhead and ended with the last lunar eclipse until May 2021.

 

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For now all I can share is a screen shot of the DSLR with my phone... tomorrow when I extract the photos off the camera I'll post the best ones...

 

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10 minutes ago, MarsG76 said:

For now all I can share is a screen shot of the DSLR with my phone... tomorrow when I extract the photos off the camera I'll post the best ones...

 

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Looking good. ;) out of interest what exposure and iso is that.

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I was looking forward to this eclipse during the whole week. Months ago I put this event in my diary...for two bloody months the weather was hot as hell and the sky was clear. And when does it has to turn for the worse? Of course, today! I am so disappointed right now....maybe next year, but I don't have high hopes...

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Well, I am now at Kefalonia, weather was bad (just like in Serbia, this summer is horrible), but the skies cleared up for the eclipse. Seeing mediocre and then deteriorating (Mars is a boiling bubble), but eclipse was nice, the collage I attach is afocal Samsung S8 through Pan 24 in Tak FC -100 DF.

 

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Same here. The clouds parted a little just as it was ending. Grrrr.

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Well, from West Yorkshire I'd like to tell you it was perfectly clear!  Alas, I can't - cus that would be telling fibs and my mum always told me I musn't  😄

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