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Lunar Eclipse Photos

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Bryan Kelso took these three photos of the eclipse on 27 September at our SCC Observatory site with a DSLR & 300mm lens. Only a few weeks left to get your astrophotos in for the Bill Iden Astrophotography Contest. Entries must be in by the meeting on 13 November.

Regards, Charles Ennis

Total Lunar Eclipse Viewing Session a Success

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Mike and David powering up the telescope

Last night’s lunar eclipse generated a LOT of interest in our Centre. Yesterday (Sunday, 27 September) 215 people visited our web site and viewed 536 web pages, a record. When I checked the site this morning (28 September) at 0930 hours we had already broken that record: 268 people visiting to make 540 views so far. When I checked the site Sunday morning we had about 8600 total views for 2015. Now we are at 9700 and still climbing. Most of the views were our home page and posts about the eclipse, as well as information on our Centre. I fielded several phone calls during the day from citizens looking for information on the eclipse.

We opened the observatory at 18:30 and a crowd soon developed. Coast Cable showed up to video tape the event, tour the observatory, and interview several people. We had about 100 visitors and several members set up their telescopes. We collected $54.25 in the donations jar. When the stars came out we had people lining up to see binary stars, star clusters, nebulas and galaxies while we waited for the eclipsed moon to rise above the trees on the east side of the airfield. Once it topped the trees we turned the big scope onto the moon, which was by that time starting to come out of the penumbral phase.

The crowd finally thinned out and by 22:30 we had shut down the observatory for the evening.

Lunar Eclipse: 27 September 2015

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On Sunday, 27 September we will witness at total lunar eclipse. The penumbral eclipse begins at 5:11 PM, the umbral eclipse at 6:07 PM, with mid-totality occurring at 7:47 PM. The umbral eclipse ends at 9:27 PM and the penumbral eclipse at 10:22 PM. We will have the SCC Observatory open that evening at 6:30 PM as the moon rise here occurs at about 7 PM (ten minutes after sunset). Weather looks good for the viewing session tonight.

Please, no food or drinks and only use red light flashlights to preserve viewer’s night vision. No pets please: They are prohibited by Transport Canada regulations for this airfield. Please bring your own telescopes if you like: our members certainly will.

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Total Lunar Eclipse 8 October 2014

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There will be a total lunar eclipse on 8 October 2014, but it will occur in the wee hours of the morning. Uranus, which is now at opposition, will be within 22 arc minutes of the moon about the time of the midtotality of the eclipse. The entire eclipse will be visible from Western Canada.  Times in the table below are for Vancouver, BC:
Penumbral eclipse begins 1:15 AM
Partial eclipse begins 2:14 AM
Total eclipse begins 3:25 AM
Midtotality 3:55 AM
Total eclipse ends 4:24 AM
Partial eclipse ends 5:34 AM
Penumbral eclipse ends 6:33 AM

Charles