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AUGUST 17, 2008 PARTIAL LUNAR ECLIPSE

by James Kevin Ty 

There will be a partial lunar eclipse that will be visible in the Philippines as well as Asia and eastern Europe and most of Asia on August 17, 2008.  Maximum partial eclipse will occur around 5:10am with 81% of the Moon's surface being eclipsed.  The image at the right shows how much partiality the Moon will get eclipsed more or less. Image was taken by James Kevin Ty last May 5, 2004 at the roof deck of UP-NISMED using a 4" f/5.4 TV-101 refractor with negative projection at f/18.  The image was taken with an overexposed shot of the Moon to show the reddish color tint. The Moon will be located in the constellation of Capricorn.  Added bonus is that the planet Neptune (mag 7.8) will be about 1 degree away from the Moon.

Below is the complete data of the event in Philippine Standard Time:

 

STAGE OF THE ECLIPSE TIME (PST) ALTITUDE AZIMUTH
Penumbral Eclipse starts 2:23:07 AM 43 deg

      234 deg SW

Moon enters Umbra 3:35:45 AM 28 deg 245 deg WSW
Maximum Partial Eclipse (81%) 5:10:08 AM  7  deg 254 deg WSW
Moonset 5:46:00 AM  0 deg 256 deg WSW

 

Below is the full eclipse info provided by Fred Espenak of NASA GSFC .  Please note that all the data in the illustration are in Universal Time (UT).  To convert to Philippine Standard Time, please add 8 hours into the UT. Click on the illustration below for clarity:

 

 

ALP members will set up observation and imaging plans at the roof deck of the PAGASA Observatory in UP- Diliman on August 16 around 10:00pm.  They will be setting up telescopes and video cameras to document this event. In case you plan to join us there at the site, please inform us in advance so we can expect you there as well. This will also let us inform the staffs at the Observatory in case there will be more than 10 persons going there as I got a permission only for ALP members on the roof deck so let us know in advance in case you plan to join. You can contact me at jkty@astroleaguephils.org or +639178559863 .

 

 

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