Guildford Astronomical Society

Total Lunar Eclipse – Early Monday 21st January 2019

It is less than a week away! Are you ready! Is the weather going to behave? Too many questions!

Here are brief details of the eclipse itself, plus an outline of a plan to meet at a good viewpoint to watch, if you would like to. More complete details of the plan will be sent to all members very shortly by email. So if you are interested, please watch out for it and do come along!

Details of the Eclipse

The whole of the eclipse is visible from the UK. It happens early in the morning (Monday morning too!), before the Sun rises. The following is a summary of the key details :-

02.36h                   The eclipse begins

03.30h (approx.)      The visually interesting (reddish colour) phase should begin

04.41h                   Totality begins

05.43h                   Totality ends

07.48h                   The eclipse ends

08.05h                   The Moon sets (on a compass bearing of approx. 305 degrees – slightly different to the figure I’ve been publicising!)


Communal Spectating

If you would like to join the communal spectating, please watch out for full details in the email which you should receive shortly. If that email should for any reason fail to reach you, please do get in touch with me via the society’s “training” email address and I’ll send you a copy. Yes – “observing” being arranged by the “training” department! Whatever next?

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Images by Tim Ellison