Saturday, November 05, 2022
Twilight Total Lunar Eclipse Tuesday, November 8, 2022
|Evening sky on Tuesday November 8 looking north-east as seen from Sydney at 21:15 AEDST as totality of the eclipse starts. The inset shows the telescopic/binocular view at this time with Uranus. Click to embiggen||Evening sky on Tuesday November 8 looking north-east as seen from Adelaide at 20:45 ACDST as totality of the eclipse starts. The inset shows the telescopic/binocular view at this time with Uranus. Click to embiggen||Evening sky on Tuesday November 8 looking north-east as seen from Perth at 18:59 AWST at mid-totality. The inset shows the telescopic/binocular view at this time with Uranus. Click to embiggen|
On the evening of Tuesday, November 8, there will be an excellent total eclipse of the Moon at twilight, the last Total Lunar in Australia until 2025. As a bonus, Uranus is visible 1 degree south of the eclipsed Moon (see insets above). Uranus is at opposition the next day and is easily visible in binoculars.
Unfortunately, the Tuesday, November 8 eclipse occurs the working week. Fortunately, it occurs in the early evening, so you don't have to stay up late and the kids can watch. Of course, for most places the eclipse is in the twilight, making for a unique experience. The further south you are the more twilight will occur during the eclipse.
A guide I wrote for the October 2014 lunar eclipse to taking photos of the eclipse is here. And here is a more general (and more recent) link to lunar photography with mobile phones and adapters that is useful for mobile phone imaging of the eclipse.
Here I am calling “eclipse start” as when the umbra, the darkest part of the earth’s shadow touches the Moon. Technically the eclipse starts then the penumbra, the dimmer outer part of earth’s shadow, touches the moon. But the penumbral part of the eclipse will be almost impossible to see in the twilight.
New Zealand sees the whole of the eclipse, starting late evening and ending on the morning on the 9th.
See here for a map and contact timings in Universal Time for sites outside Australia.
|City||Moon-rise||Civil Twilight||Nautical Twilight||Astronomical twilight||Eclipse Start||Totality Start||Maximum Eclipse||Totality End||Eclipse End|
|Alice Springs (ACST)||18:45
Weather: Cloud cover predictions can be found at SkippySky.
Here is the near-real time satellite view of the clouds (day and night) http://satview.bom.gov.au/