Penumbral Lunar Eclipse

Penumbral Lunar Eclipse

Penumbral Lunar Eclipse

Clear skies allowed a great view of the penumbral lunar eclipse. The umbral shadow of the Earth entered the Moon’s disc at 22.34hrs the previous evening and maximum eclipse phase occurred at 00h45m03s UTC. The penumbral shadow leaving the lunar disc at 02.53hrs.

The Moon

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Moon imaged through a gap in the clouds this evening. Telescope was a Skywatcher Equinox 120ED APO Refractor with Canon 1200d at prime focus. ASA 100 Exposure 1/100sec.

Horsehead Nebula and Rocket Booster

Horsehead Nebula and SL-12 Rocket Booster

Horsehead Nebula and SL-12 Rocket Booster

Imaged part of the Horsehead nebula in Orion. In this 60 second exposure, a trail appears to part cross the image. This is identified as a spent rocket booster. Namely SL-12 R/B NORAD ID 32278. This rocket was launched 26th October 2007. Distance to rocket is 21462km.

Total Lunar Eclipse

Before eclipse and Maximum eclipse

Before eclipse and Maximum eclipse

The skies stayed clear for the duration of the eclipse although there was some thin cloud now and then. This appeared to be a dark eclipse On the Danjon Scale, I would say it was Level 1. (Where Level 0 is a darkest eclipse and 5 is a bright eclipsed Moon). See https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Danjon_scale