Although it wasn’t total, the Penumbral Lunar Eclipse put a great show from south west Asia from Kuwait perspective.
This is arguably the most prominent Lunar eclipse in 2017 for much of the world. Australia and the oceanic region not as lucky for this one.
An image was taken from Kuwait after the Moon enter Earth’s penumbra. the image was taken around 4:00 am local time or 1:00 UTC February 11th 2017.
The temperature was around 11 Celsius degree (52 Fahrenheit degree) and the winds were 13~14 kph NNW (8 mph). Humidity at 64% with pressure of 1016 hPa. Visibility was 9 km (~5.5 miles).
Light pollution at the town did have a major impact on the Moon, but prevented any comfortable observation of the comet comet 45P/Honda-Mrkos-Pajdusakova.
Jupiter was above the southern horizon above the star Spica. The four satellites of Jupiter were all visible with very simple modest optics such is the camera lens zoom. Io and Ganymede were on the right and Europa, Callisto on the left.
This is a quick reminder of tonight’s Penumbral Lunar Eclipse. The Phenomena will be visible Most of Asia, All of Africa, and All of South America, and nearly all of North America. It was calculated from sources to be around 10 Feb 2017, 22:34:14 UTC.
It was taken from Al Qurain, Kuwait. with temperature of 14 Celsius degree with wind of SSW wind of 8 kph (~58 Fahrenheit degree, 5 mph) and humidity of 56%.
Enjoy the Moon and the Comet right after this early morning in dawn and the couple next morning as well if you are privilege with a dark site. Regardless the location, it is worth trying looking for.
The Lunar Eclipse of September 2015 was covering the majority of North America. The images featured in this article were taken from the West coast of North America around the time of Sunset or Moon rise of the 27th of the month.
The 1st images were taken of the Western horizon observing the clouds at sunset, and the 2nd image was taken at the same time but of the eastern horizon.
By the time those pictures were taken, the eclipse has began an hour ago, but the Moon was under the horizon from the observed location which align with the coordinate of 118 degree west and 38 minute.
This Lunar Eclipse happened on Sunday, so there were a lot of people in their day off and got the chance to hike and see it and the Full Moon, Blood Moon.
To my surprise when I reached Rocky peak, I found out it was crowded more than it usually is at this time of the day. There were less 20 people around me. this is the most I saw at this peak in one time.
I picked my spot, and set up my gears, and start taking more pictures as the Moon starts to peak out of the clouds.
The Eclipse was reaching in and out of it’s maximum at this point. More images were taken as the Moon was sailing across the clouds over the beautiful view of my Valley.
The clouds were coming from a mild tropical storm from the pacific and they were high altitude clouds.
And here are few close up picture of the event.
By this time of the phenomena, the Moon is start to brighten again considerably.
Some of the clouds as they pass painted a beautiful frames
The landscape start to have the full Moon shine that was absent since the Moon rise.
The Lunar eclipse is almost at end. At this point in time, all the rest of the crowd had long gone, and I was the only observer left at the peak.
The temperature was very comfortable and cold winds coming from the North, and warm when winds come from the south east and west.
The first Lunar eclipse of the year was on the morning of April 4th 2015. For south California, the Moon was visible most of it 6 hour eclipse duration that started on 2.01 AM and ended just after it set around 6.46 AM at Sunrise.
The visible part of the phenomena took place on 3.15 AM
The town near by, Simi valley, had the normal light pollution. The weather wasn’t humid enough to lower the quality of observation. There were little to no clouds and the temperature around the 15s Celsius degrees (60s F degree). The winds were less than 18 on the valley near the ground. However, from the Santa Susana Pass in which those photographs were taken, the winds were at high speed, and increased the chill factor. The direction of the wind weren’t coherent near the trail head, however, from the peak, the winds coming from North, North East.
The eclipse was crawling on the Moon, as those set of pictures shows. The pictures were taken in different exposures. The longer exposure to show the redness color on the Moon, and the shorter exposure to show the brightness and shadow differences during the events.
And the rest of the upcoming set is the images before reaching the eclipse totally at 5 AM at local time.
And here is a photograph of what it looked like as it get closer to totally
The next set of images were taken after 5 Am and it show the end of the eclipse as the bright light from the Sun start to get near.
One of the most beautiful thing in this eclipse form this location is the chances to observe the phenomena and photograph it at Dawn light and colors. The eclipse looked so beautiful with the morning light and sunrise colors.
The last and next three images show the contrast of Earth shadow, The Lunar eclipse, the landscape and the horizon with the Sunrise colors, and the Moon is setting.
Aside from this, the Sunrise was beautiful as always, and while the eclipse was happening, I get the chances to observe The new Nova at Sagittarius and Comet Love joy close to the Cassiopeia constellation on Sunrise time.
The Lunar eclipse this morning started after midnight with Earth’s Penumbral closing in. The event wasn’t very noticeable to the eye until the partial eclipse started a little after 2 am Los Angeles area time.
The eclipse continued until the total eclipse took place around 3:30 am. The landscape was lit up all night by the bright Moon light, however, everything become really dark when the event reached its peak, and the stars filled up the sky more since the light pollution from the Moon was absent at the peak of the total eclipse.
The temperature of the place of which I observed the lunar eclipse had a good weather temperature, and little wind, an ideal situation. The temperature was around 17C (~62F).
The visible eclipse or the partial eclipse ended around 5:30 am. And the event finished an hour after.
The observation and the experience were beautiful as always with any astronomical or celestial phenomena. There were 3 shooting stars passed by, they part of the Orionid meteor shower based on their radiant source and path.
This year, two lunar eclipses took place, the one earlier this year on April was logged and can be found here.
Another eclipse will take place this year, this time it will be solar. The solar eclipse will be in Oct 23rd – 2014.
The Lunar eclipse of 2014 on April 14/15th Started a minutes earlier than 11 pm at the local observing site, and ended around 3 am after midnight.
The view was beautiful where the moon started to shine less near the oragness of the planet Mars and close the relatively bright bluish star Spica.
There were clouds passing by, but not thick enough to cover the view, just enough to smear its crisp sharpness to the eye and the photographs. The clouds were most present at the peak of the lunar eclipse and nearly all went away after 3 am.