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Friday, April 26, 2013

Photos from the April 25th mini-eclipse of the moon

I'm not usually an astrophotographer, but the little lunar eclipse of April 25 was too nice not to capture. I admit, I underestimated its charm. Only about 1.4% of the moon was eclipsed, the moon sliding just beneath the shadow of the earth as it waxed full. But the little nibble out of its north libm was quite a tasty morsel. Here are a few of my photos taken from Mitzpe Ramon. Which do you like best?

Seen through our Acacia tree.

Around maximum eclipse. Note the notch to the upper left.



This is closest to what the eclipse looked like.









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Thursday, April 25, 2013

Partial Lunar Eclipse of April 25, 2013 + Bonus Objects!

The first lunar eclipse of 2013 will be visible, but just barely, from Israel on the night of April 25, 2013. The moon will just barely enter the earth's shadow at 10:54PM local time. The time of greatest eclipse will begin at 11:07PM local time and will last less than 27 minutes. You should see just the tiniest "bite" taken out of the north limb of the moon.



As a bonus, the International Space Station (ISS) will be visible tonight from Israel, rising in the northwest at 8:57PM local time, and moving slowly toward the southeast when it will disappear three mintues later as it passes into the earth's shadow.

The bright object you see to the upper left of the moon tonight is Saturn whose magnificent ring system is visible in even small telescopes, but generally not binoculars. If you have a clear western horizon, you can watch Jupiter set in the west where it is the brightest object in the sky.

Let us know what you see and remember to Keep on lookin' up!


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