We will be opening our SCC Observatory at 18:30 hours on the evening of 20/21 January 2019, to view the total lunar eclipse. This eclipse will be visible in all of North America. The weather forecast is favourable: We’ll update this post in the afternoon on the 20th.
UPDATE, 20 January, 3 PM: Skies looking good! Observatory will be open at 6:30 PM.
ECLIPSE TIMING FOR SECHELT:
Starts 6:36 pm PST
Partial Starts 7:33 pm PST
Total Starts 8:41 pm PST
Maximum 9:12 pm PST
Total Ends 9:43 pm PST
Partial Ends 10:50 pm PST
Ends 11:48 pm PST
The RASC’s Youth Coordinator Jenna Hinds has produced a YouTube video with a few simple demos and explanations of lunar eclipses: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eyvMuWFelf4
Charles Ennis, Past President
46P/Wirtanen is a small short-period comet with a current orbital period of 5.4 years. It is currently about 12 million kms from earth. I wasn’t able to see the comet by eye but was easy to see in binoculars or the scope of course.
The image here was taken with a Canon 60Da on a 120 mm Megrez refractor, it is a stack of 3 sets of 5 frames at 30,60 and 90 seconds with flats and dark flats applied. Mike