[meteorite-list] re :Lunar Eclipse

From: Alexander Seidel <ase_at_meteoritecentral.com>
Date: Thu Apr 22 09:41:57 2004
Message-ID: <3A5B8FB8.7DFF156B_at_planet-interkom.de>

Hi Stuart,

thank you for your nice report from the north of England.

I was also lucky, though it did not look so good at first, as it was
cloudy and rainy all day long. But it cleared up just in time, which
sometimes suddenly happens here in the vicinity of the North Sea, and so
I could observe a beautiful total eclipse from the start to the very
end, including a spectacular, almost "razor-blade" passing-by of the
star 63 Gem along the moon´s southern limb, very close to an occultation
by the moon, from my site.

Never have I seen our good old moon that spectacular than during the few
minutes of the beginning and the end of totality, where it definitely
had that 3D-appeal as a ball due to light contrast which it normally
does not have to that extent. What a great sight this also would have
been for anyone standing there on the lonely dusty plains looking
towards earth..!

Al"I like my DaG400!"ex!

STUARTATK_at_aol.com schrieb:
> Hi All,
> Glad to say the weather here in the north of England was *perfect* for
> tonite's lunar eclipse. With my astro society I'd organised a public eclipse
> watch, and through almost a dozen different telescopes we showed over 150
> people the Moon turn a beautiful shade of orange... it was a real
> frost-party, with adults just as excited as the kids... an 8" scope showed
> amazing views of Jupiter's clouds and moons, and Saturn's rings too... :-)
> Handed rond a meteorite, which went down very well, and then at 8.20pm
> everything seened to pause: the Moon was a Mars-coloured globe shining above
> the 12th C castle which dominates the skyline here in Cockermouth, and
> everyone was just staring skywards in amazement. I was re-aligning my 3"
> scope, after it had been kicked by a blundering adult, when I felt a tug on
> my jacket. Looked around, and down, and there was a puzzled-looking little
> girl.
> "Why did someone turn the Moon off?" she asked me innocently.
> You don't get many nights like this. :-)
> Regards,
> Stu
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