Star gazing near Pune @ Nisargshala

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Total Lunar Eclipse

We witnessed a couple of sky events earlier this month, like first supermoon of year 2018, on 1st January and Quadrantid Meteor Shower on January 3rd. However it wasn’t all. There a lot more to come. And specially the Blue Moon Eclipse on Jau 31st.

 Moon, Mars, and Jupiter—January 11

Look for Jupiter and Mars to make a triangle with the moon on January 11.

Early risers looking toward the southeastern sky before dawn will get to see an eye-catching triangular pattern formed by the crescent moon hanging near the naked-eye planets Jupiter and Mars.

Saturn, Mercury, and Moon—January 14

During the first half of the month, the planets Mercury and Saturn will create a challenging planetary pair for sky-watchers. But on the 14th, the razor-thin crescent moon will act as a convenient guidepost for tracking down the dim duo. The two planets may be easier to spot initially using binoculars. The best time to try and catch them will be about 30 minutes before local sunrise.

Moon Hits a Bull’s Eye —January 27

Look for the gibbous moon gliding close to the bright orange star Aldebaran on January 27.

On this night, the steadily swelling moon will snuggle up to the bright orange star Aldebaran, the red eye of Taurus, the bull. The red giant star, which sits 36 light-years away, will appear to be eclipsed by the gibbous moon in the early morning hours for observers in northwestern North America. But observers in Alaska will get the best evening views, since they will be able to witness the star’s disappearance at 1:53 a.m. local time and then see it reappear 57 minutes later.

Total Eclipse of the Blue Supermoon—January 31


Lucky sky-watchers across the Pacific rim and the West Coast of North America will get to see a blue supermoon undergo a total eclipse. The moon will be full for the second time this month, a relative rarity historically known as a blue moon. The lunar orb will also be especially close to Earth, making it a supermoon.

Adding to the drama, Earth’s dark shadow will slowly creep over the bright lunar disk during that night’s total lunar eclipse, which will turn the blue moon blood red. Totality, or total coverage of the moon, begins at 7:51 a.m. ET (12:51 UT). The entire event will be visible from Alaska, Hawaii, western Canada, the western Pacific Ocean, Australia, New Zealand, Indonesia, the Philippines, China, and Japan. Sky-watchers in eastern North America will witness only a partial eclipse just before sunrise

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Total Lunar Eclipse —Maharashtra, 31st Jan’18


Time Phase   Direction Altitude
16:21Wed, 31 Jan Not directly visible Penumbral Eclipse beginsBelow horizon Map direction East-northeast58°


17:18Wed, 31 Jan Not directly visible Partial Eclipse beginsBelow horizon Map direction East-northeast65°


18:21Wed, 31 Jan Not directly visible Total Eclipse beginsBelow horizon Map direction East-northeast71°


18:28Wed, 31 Jan Not directly visible MoonriseBelow horizon Map direction East-northeast72°


18:59Wed, 31 Jan
Maximum EclipseMoon is closest to the center of the shadow.
Moon close to horizon, so make sure you have free sight to East-northeast.
Map direction East-northeast74°


19:37Wed, 31 Jan
Total Eclipse endsTotal moon eclipse ends. Map direction East-northeast77°


20:41Wed, 31 Jan
Partial Eclipse endsPartial moon eclipse ends. Map direction East81°


21:38Wed, 31 Jan
Penumbral Eclipse endsThe Earth’s penumbra ends. Map direction East84°



Imagery - NAT GEO


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