Monday, October 06, 2014
Don't Forget, Total Lunar Eclipse Wednesday October 8, 2014
Viewing charts, eclipse start and maximum eclipse times for a number of Australian and two New Zealand cities are here. A printable chart with timings and eclipse activity suggestions for kids is here.
Some helpful hints on viewing and photographing the eclipse are here. Keep a lookout for satellites, from Adelaide there is an iridium flare around the time of maximum eclipse. Satellite predictions can be found at Heavens Above.
Remember, you need nothing more fancy than your own eyes to watch (and it is perfectly safe). Even if it is cloudy (unless totally socked in and raining) you should be able to see something nice through the clouds. For an account of a cloudy eclipse see here. Cloud cover predictions can be found at SkippySky.
If it is clouded out, there will be livestreams from the Sydney Observatory, the Virtual Telescope and Slooh.
You can set up an Eclipse Party, or head off to one of the observatories or planetariums hosting events.
This Lunar Eclipse is part of a eclipse tetrad, despite rumours on the internet, this is not the end of days (as if).