Friday, November 19, 2021

The longest partial moon eclipse in 580 years as seen from 2nd Avenue

As reported:
The full Beaver Moon of November 2021 passed through Earth's shadow in a partial lunar eclipse overnight on Nov. 18-19 in what was the longest eclipse of its kind in 580 years.
And this was obviously a big event for Felton Davis of the Second Avenue Star Watchers

He reports that the event here was almost rained out (ed note: stupid rain):
After a long, cold and drizzly night, the clouds over 2nd Avenue finally parted, revealing a slow eclipse of the Moon that was already in progress. Three or four times from 3:15 to 4:30 a.m., the Moon disappeared behind the clouds, and came back out, and each time I had to reset the (icy cold!) telescope ... and take a few photos.
And props to Amy for coming out and helping Felton get the telescope back inside.


Anonymous said...

Very cool - thanks for the pictures sir!

Anonymous said...

Great shot!

Anonymous said...

Thank you for doing this in the cold & rain! Great photos!

stephen b said...

That first picture of the building foreground and the moon far above - that picture is a winner. If you show, that will look really good printed and hanging on a wall. Gave me a thrill

Felton Davis said...

Okay, if you're bummed out because you missed this partial eclipse, stay tuned for Sunday night, May 15, 2022. The full Moon will rise at about 7 pm in the constellation Libra, some fifteen degrees below the celestial equator (in other words behind the buildings on Second Avenue), and be totally eclipsed around midnight. I suggest the Staten Island ferry. Mark your calendar!

reba kay said...

The reason this one was so special is because of planetary configuration it was very high in the sky and lasted 3.5 hours.