April 22, 2019

A Lunar Eclipse Update:

A quick update concerning tonight’s Lunar Eclipse; in the event of clouds at your location, the eclipse can be viewed live via webcast on several sites. Two of the best clearing houses are www.spaceweather.com and Astronomy Picture of the Day at http://apod.nasa.gov/apod/. Simply follow the links. As with any live webcast, I would test connectivity at least an hour before hand. Some popular sites tend to get clogged with traffic around eclipse time.

Cool Tip:  Another useful piece of data can be obtained by measuring the magnitude of the moon during totality. To do this, simply view the moon out of focus or through the reverse end of a pair of binoculars. This should concentrate the light into a star like point. Then compare it to a star of known brightness! 

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