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Lunar Eclipse January 31st 2018

posted Jan 21, 2018, 9:23 AM by ASSW Google Admin   [ updated Jan 21, 2018, 7:38 PM ]
On Wednesday 31st January at 8pm the ASSW will be hosting an event for the public at the Bunbury Recreation Ground to watch the Lunar Eclipse. Club members with telescopes and binoculars will be available to show the lunar eclipse and then during the 1 hr 15 mins of total eclipse, when the moon is darkest, other astronomical targets will also be shown.

        Location:  Bunbury Recreation Ground (map)
        Time:        8pm to 10pm
        Cost:        Adults $5  Children $2 
                        (CASH ONLY, NO EFTPOS)
                        No Bookings Necessary. 

The Eclipse will actually be a Blood-Blue-Supermoon, an incredibly rare event! 
  • Supermoon because the moon is at the closest point in its orbit to earth, 
  • Blue moon because it's the second full moon of the month (first is on 1st Jan), and 
  • Blood because the eclipsed moon appears red due to light diffraction through the Earth's atmosphere. 
For more information about Lunar Eclipses and Supermoons see this video, or check out this page to see where and when the eclipse is visible.

Please bring any chairs, picnic rugs etc you may wish to sit on to watch the Eclipse. 

Parking available on-site near Runners Club building and at public carpark opposite side of Ocean Rd.

For those of us in South West

6:51 pm   Penumbral Eclipse begins. Moon is just below the horizon.
7:48 pm  Partial Eclipse begins. Moon is 5 degrees above the horizon.
8:51 pm Full Eclipse  (Totality) begins. Moon is 16 degrees above the horizon.
9:31 pm  Maximum eclipse. Moon is 23 degrees above the horizon.
10:06 pm Full Eclipse (Totality) ends. Moon is 28 degrees above the horizon.
11:12 pm Partial Eclipse ends. Moon is 35 degrees above the horizon.
12:10 am Penumbral Eclipse ends. Moon is 38 degrees above the horizon.