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Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Luna Eclipse

Total Eclipse of the Moon - Wed 15th June 2011

Don't forget to watch the total lunar eclipse on Wednesday. The eclipse starts at 8:22pm, is total from 9:21 pm to 11:02pm, and ends at 00:02am. It will be visible from all of Africa, although north-west Africa misses the start.

You don't need any special equipment to watch this - it's worth taking a look, especially at the start of the eclipse, when the Moon starts moving into the shadow of the Earth (at 8:22pm).

The next total lunar eclipse will be at a slightly warmer time of the year but it's a long wait - Sept 28th 2015 - and it's at 3am . . .

A map of the sky on eclipse night is at - the Scorpion should become visible above the Moon during totality. We have a list of eclipse events at the same website. The Planetarium will be running 30 min eclipse shows [7:45pm and 8:45pm] with eclipse viewing and a couple of telescopes.

Saturn in our evening skies

If you haven't seen Saturn yet - it's very easy to spot in the early evenings - looks like a bright, slightly yellowish "star" high in the north (almost overhead). It's very close to the fainter star Porrima, which helps locate it.

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