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On the evening of Tuesday 16th July, we will be holding an event on Blackheath to view the partial lunar eclipse.
We will be holding the event close to our usual observing location, north of Talbot Place, on Blackheath. However, we will move around 100 yards to the east of our normal location, to give the best photographic opportunities as the Moon rises over All Saints Church.
See here for a map.
We plan to meet at around 9pm. The Moon will rise at around 9.05pm already in the partial eclipse phase, but the combination of a very low moon and the eclipse phase will make the Moon so dim that it will be extremely difficult to view until Moon gets higher in the sky. We expect to get our first glimpse of the Moon in the south-east sky at around 9.30pm. Maximum eclipse will be at 10.30pm. The Moon should be about half-covered by the Earth’s umbral shadow at maximum eclipse. At this point, the Moon will be at 8.3 degrees altitude.
The partial eclipse ends just before midnight, with the penumbral eclipse ending just after 1am.
There is no need to bring equipment as the Moon is easily visible to the naked eye. However, should you wish to bring a telescope or binoculars, you are welcome to do so. There should be a couple of telescopes available for people to look through.