Posts Tagged ‘moon’

Total Lunar Eclipse of 28 July 2018 (estimated)

23 July, 2018

This Friday, 27 July 2018 we have a chance to see a Total Lunar Eclipse though, from Lerwick the event will be more than half over before the Moon even rises here. Add to that the fact that the Sun sets after the Moon rises and it will be a real challenge to view or image the phenomenon in Shetland at all! Our best chance will be towards the end of totality about half way through the “blue hour” (the hour after sunset). Below are the timings for those that wish to try to see the so called “blood moon”.

All timings are for Lerwick in British Summer Time (BST). To convert to Universal Time (UT), also known as GMT, deduct 1 hour.

(Total Eclipse begins 20:30)
(Maximum Eclipse 21:21)

Moonrise 21:39
(Sunset 21:49)
Total Eclipse ends 22:13
Partial Eclipse ends 23:19
Penumbral Eclipse ends 00:28 (28/7/2018)

Excitingly, Mars lies 5° below the Moon, unfortunately rising (at 22:51 BST) sometime after totality ends, while Saturn lies roughly 31° west of the Moon, having risen at 19:58 BST. But you’ll need clear skies fairly close to the horizon as Mars only rises to about 4° at its highest point.

Here’s a photo I took of the total lunar eclipse of 21 December 2010 that may give an idea of what the Moon might look like if the sky is clear. But it may not even be this visible.



Mercury, Venus, Jupiter, Mars, the Moon and Mirrie Dancers too!

2 March, 2012

What an amazing night! After a few days of muggy, misty, cloudy and damp conditions, the forecast was for a clear night, the temperature perhaps getting down to freezing. I began looking forward to taking some photographs of some planets, perhaps some star trails and other possibilities. After much thought I decided to head out to Burra because I wanted some interest in the landscape and I knew just the place to get some domestic lights and streetlights as well as some nice areas of sea that I hoped the quarter moon would illuminate. But before I left home I was pleased to see Mercury above the hill at the back of us. Later, I also had a good view of Mars in the opposite direction, its distinctive red colour making it an easy sight.

Wow, I was not to be disappointed at my chosen spot in Burra! Not only did the moon help to illuminate the sea and the landscape but I could also see Foula on one set of photographs. That was the set that I hope will make a nice timelapse of Venus and Jupiter. But, more than all that, no sooner than I was there but I could sense the aurora and, as my eyes adapted I could see it too. So I set up my other camera facing over Lang Sound and was delighted to get some nice aurora shots and a cool green reflection in the Sound. As you can see it was mostly the auroral oval but there were also some beams and rays and a very brief period where the oval folded into a curtain. I also now see on some of the photos that there were some overhead forms too, though I didn’t notice at the time. As you can see, the lights were not very strong tonight and, of course, the camera sees much than the human eye but they still inspire me and I’m really glad I was in a great position to see them – I never tire of seeing the mirrie dancers.