Sunday, June 27, 2010

Lunar Eclipse

Last night was pretty awesome. We had the telescope out to do some star-gazing and to see the full moon in all it’s glory. I noticed that a shadow had appeared on the lower part of the moon and after a while it seemed to get bigger. I said it must be an eclipse. So I jumped on the computer and googled it and sure enough we were having a partial moon eclipse where the earths shadow covers about 50% of the moon. Wow. Our friend took these photos below would you believe from his iPhone through the telescope. Took forever but they came out really good. We also found Saturn! We were trying out a new lens that was a higher powered one and although we had trouble keeping the planet in line because it was moving so quickly it was a very cool sight indeed. Saturn looked yellowish in colour and you could see its rings. The other night we were able to see one of its moons Titan as well.

The next full lunar eclipse is going to be on 11 July 2010. So jot it down in your diary as this only happens once every 18 years! The next one will happen 6 July 2028.

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