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OMG, The Moon's gone dim!

Post by pete_l on Fri Oct 18, 2013 8:05 pm

There's a penumbral eclipse happening tonight (Fri, Oct 18) into Saturday morning. The Full Moon will pass through the Earth's shadow and appear dimmer than usual. Sometimes these events cause the Moon's colour to change - red moon's are not uncommon (red, for the same reason that dawn / dusk is red).
The effect reaches its peak around midnight local time.

There's nothing particularly rare or significant about penumbral eclipses - you don't see a "bite" taken out of the disk and they happen once or twice a year.

Also, on Oct 20 at 22 min past 8 (p.m.) there's another bright Iridium flare about half-way up in the southern sky.

Oh, the excitement! Very Happy


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Re: OMG, The Moon's gone dim!

Post by Tim Cullis on Fri Oct 18, 2013 11:40 pm

Wonderful, it's 100% cloud in the UK. Shocked 

But keep the astro stuff coming, hoping to have a 'GoTo' scope with me on my next trip down.
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Re: OMG, The Moon's gone dim!

Post by Ponderosa on Sat Oct 19, 2013 1:55 pm

Thank you Pete we went out and had a look we thought it looked red a little earlier than 12pm thought this might tie in with this subject and UFO's Smile 

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