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Lunar eclipses 2009

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« on: January 19, 2009, 05:41:51 pm »

Now looking forward to the three lunar eclipses in this year:
February 09 - Penumbral 92% (not visible in the UK; not completely visible in Ukraine - max. phase approx. P 0.8 )
August 05/06 - Penumbral 40% (this will be a hard one but it is possible to photograph it)
December 31 - Partial 8% (this will be a nice gift to the New Year)  Grin

NASA's chart for February 09 eclipse

http://eclipse.gsfc.nasa.gov/LEplot/LEplot2001/LE2009Feb09N.GIF
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« Reply #1 on: February 01, 2009, 02:18:39 pm »

At my home the eclipse will be visible for ~1.8 hours after the moonrise with maximal phase ~80% penumbral.

I viewed a 10-day forecast today and it isn't good. I will possibly meet the eclipse with rain and +7C.  Sad
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« Reply #2 on: February 09, 2009, 02:15:12 pm »

The forecast was right...  Undecided
Still have some little chances, it is partly cloudy in ~150km south of Poltava, and here is moderate southern wind
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« Reply #3 on: February 09, 2009, 04:57:50 pm »

..I know the feeling Roman, why do lunar eclipsed like to occur when it's cloudy?  Smiley.  It happens more often than not over here. Good luck anyway, you might get a glimpse of it.
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« Reply #4 on: February 09, 2009, 09:24:21 pm »

Anybody has observed the eclipse from the US?
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« Reply #5 on: February 09, 2009, 09:31:14 pm »

..I know the feeling Roman, why do lunar eclipsed like to occur when it's cloudy?  Smiley
Lets hope for another two this year. Martin, how do you think, is it possible to image the August's 40%P eclipse? IMHO it will be a hard one despite the circumstances are good.
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« Reply #6 on: February 10, 2009, 07:54:34 pm »

I haven't looked into it yet Roman. I would have to check out some of the visiblity maps on the net for our locations. Does anybody have any software to check this?. If it's a penumbral eclipse then the subtle shading should be visible with the naked eye to the trained observer. Don't know anything yet about it's height etc. Will look into it.  Smiley
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« Reply #7 on: February 10, 2009, 08:34:26 pm »

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Does anybody have any software to check this?
No but the BAA Handbook gives eclipse start (P1) at 2301 UT August 5th, end (P2) at 0217 UT August 6th, full moon 0055 UT August 6th. No umbral phase. Should be well visible throughout Europe.
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« Reply #8 on: February 10, 2009, 09:53:02 pm »

Here's a map for it, it doesn't look all that special.
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