November 25, 2011

DECEMBER'S TOTAL LUNAR ECLIPSE

A total lunar eclipse will take place on December 10, 2011. It will be visible from all of Asia and Australia, seen as rising over Eastern Europe, and setting over northwest North America. In the Philippines, the lunar eclipse is seen visible just after sunset.



Visibility of the Lunar Eclipse

CONTACTS

P1: 11:33:36 UTC

U1: 3:32:15 UTC

U2: 14:06:16 UTC

Greatest: 14:31:49 UTC

U3: 14:57:24 UTC

U4: 16:17:58 UTC

P4: 14:29:57 UTC



LOCAL TIMING

Moonrise: 6:00pm (IST)

Moon enters Penumbra: 5:06pm

Moon enters Umbra: 6:18pm

Greatest: 8:05pm

Moon leaves Umbra: 9:45pm

Moon leaves Penumbra: 10:58pm

November 20, 2011

LEONIDS 2011 REPORT

The members of Kutch Amateur Astronomers' Club went to Valakhavas Lake near Shiv Paras Temple to watch Leonids. The Last Quarter Moon was very bright that washed most of the joy of watching the Leonids but we chose to take some shots of the night sky during this event. We spent most of the time in campfire and making the time lapse movie of the rising moon. We noted just 4 meteors one of which was successfully captured in the camera!

A Leonid was captured during  25s shutter speed

November 17, 2011

LEONIDS METEOR SHOWER ON 17th AND 18th NOVEMBER


The modest Leonid meteor shower should be most active in the hours before dawn Friday morning. Last-quarter moonlight will interfere somewhat. This shower's parent comet, 55P/Tempel-Tuttle, tends to create narrow concentrated streams that produces brief but prodigious displays — most recently during the late 1990s. But no such luck this year: expect the more typical weak display, with fewer than a dozen meteors per hour radiating from Leo’s Sickle. Lght from a last-quarter Moon won't help.

Leo at 2:20am. The Waning Gibbous Moon is very bright and may ruin the most of joy of watching Leonids


Leonid meteor shower date and timings:
The peak usually occurs around 17 November This time its spread over 2 days. This year Moon will mar the observations but still its worth observing. Details are given below
01:28 IST 17th November and 09:04 IST on 18th November