Astronomy · Obs Report · 8th September 2006

Ellesmere Port (Cheshire, UK)
2006-09-08 20:15 UT
2006-09-08 20:45 UT
A warm summers evening with a slightly muggy feel and bands of light cloud lingering on the horizon.

Partial Lunar Eclipse

After a pretty lousy summer for observing on my penultimate night here in Ellesmere Port the skies cleared and I was treated to brilliant views of a partial lunar eclipse as it hung low over the houses, dramatically orange and already seemingly at maximum.

Eclipsed Moon Rising Vesta

As the moon continued to rise higher I watched the Earth's shadow shrinking and the colour of the Moon brightening from an intense muddy-orange through to a paler yellow.


Finally I've put together this composite of 5 shots taken throughout the eclipse which shows the shadows progression quite nicely:

Eclipse Composite

The event lasted only for a little under half an hour, but was good to observe nontheless.

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