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Wednesday 31st January 2018 saw the Full Moon achieving three things!

1) It was a Supermoon in that it is at perigee, its closest approach to the Earth
2) It was a 'Blue Moon' in that it is the second Full Moon in a calendar month
3) It was in eclipse - BUT visible only from western North America, some parts of Asia and Australasia

The Moon appeared about 14% larger, and 30% brighter, but this is only relative, and it's difficult to really spot any differences

Lunar Eclipse

LUNAR ECLIPSE

same time as the Supermoon, 31st January 2018

photographed from San Francisco, California

photo : Jim Webb, via a cell phone camera

 

 

SUPERMOONS : January 2018

right : as of the beginning of the month

top left and right : as of the end

photos : Mat Irvine

Moon

THE MOON

photo : Wayne Johnson

A STRANGE VIEW OF THE SUN
during most of Monday 16th October 2017 - due to the weather.
The reddish tinge was due to dust whipped up by (the remains of) Hurricane Ophelia hitting the British Isles, possibly added to by the fires in Portugal.
It looked more like the Moon during a Lunar eclipse!

photo : Mat Irvine

Sun- weather
Solar Eclipse

 

TOTAL SOLAR ECLIPSE
21st August 2017

as shot from the United States

Above left from Illinois : Apostolos Filis

Above and left from Nebraska : Mat Irvine

For more details
see the Sept/Oct 2017 issue of 2002

PLIEADES CLUSTER
[seen top right]

3rd February 2017

 

photo : Apostolos Filis

Plieades
Moon-Venus

MOON and VENUS
Conjunction of the young crescent Moon and Venus


3rd December 2016

photo: Mat Irvine

Mercury

TRANSIT of MERCURY : 9th May 2016

Above - image taken at 15.07hrs. Mercury is the small dot lower left. A large sunpot group can be seen centre right.

photo : Mat Irvine, taken by the projection method (right)

Above right, image taken at 13.37hrs (time stamp is UTC), Mercury can just be made out around the
9 o'clock position

photo : Dave Starling
taken through a 135mm lens with Sun filters

Jupiter-Venus 1st

Venus (the brighter) and Jupiter as photographed 1st July 2015, one day past their closest approach.

 

photo : Jim Webb

Venus, the lower and brighter, and Jupiter at their closest approach 30th June 2015.

At this point they are about 20 arc minutes apart, which 1/3 degree, and to give some indication of scale, the full Moon is 1/2 degree in dimameter.

photo : Mat Irvine

Venus_Jupiter 30th
Moon-Jupiter-Venus

Jupiter and Venus, forming a triangle with the crescent Moon on 20th June 2015

 

photo : Dave Starling

The Moon photographed using the camera in a cell phone

 

photo : Jim Webb

Moon
Solar Partial 2015

Maximium Partial Solar Eclipse as seen from the UK 20th March 2015

 

photo : Tony Goddard

Almost midway for the Annular Eclipse of the Sun, May 2012

This was taken in Arizona 18.35 20th May 2012, local time, which was 02.35 21st UTC

photo : Mat Irvine

For more details see the June 2012 issue of 2002

Solar Annular 2012
2012 Transit of Venus

Above : the final stages of the 2012 Transit of Venus from the UK, 6th June. 05.35 BST (04.35 UT)

Venus is just visible as a small dot at about the 1 o'clock position

photo : Mat Irvine

For more details see the June 2012 issue of 2002

Right: How to view the Sun safely - the projection method, here following the progress of the Total Solar Eclipse of 2006, taken from Turkey.

A 2in / 50mm refractor used to project the image onto a screen.

Below: Totality - the photo on the right shows why this part is called 'The Diamond Ring Effect'!

photos : Mat Irvine

Projecting the image
Total Eclipse 2006 Total Ecipse 2006
Hale-Bopp

COMET HALE BOPP

photographed in 1997

photo : Mat Irvine


 


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