Extra Large Lunar Eclipse Coming in September


Illustration Credit & copyright: Time And Date (links below). Pink indicates those areas where the eclipse will be seen in its entirety. Purple indicates those areas where the eclipse will be seen already in progress when it rises or will set while in progress. White of course, indicates where the eclipse will not be visible.

It’s time for the final lunar eclipse of 2015 (And final total lunar eclipse for the U.S. until 2019.) and it occurs on the night of Sunday, September 27, 2015 and the early morning hours of Monday, September 28 2015.  For a few days, we will strip the #Eclipse hashtag away from teen love stories, cars and bubble gum and return it to the universe.

STRUCTURE & TIMELINE: All times are in Universal and Eastern U.S. time.

Penumbral Eclipse Begins: September 28, 00:11 UTC (20:11 EDT on the 17th).

Partial Eclipse Begins: September 28, 01:07 UTC (21:07 EDT on the 17th).

Total Eclipse Begins: September 28, 02:11 UTC (22:11 EDT on the 17th).

Greatest Eclipse: September 28, 02:47 UTC (22:47 EDT on the 17th).

Total Eclipse Ends: September 28, 03:23 UTC (23:23 EDT on the 17th).

Partial Eclipse Ends: September 28, 04:27 UTC (00:27 EDT on the 28th).

Penumbral Eclipse Ends: September 28, 05:22 UTC (01:22 EDT on the 28th).

WHO CAN SEE IT?: This eclipse will be visible throughout the entire Atlantic region and most of the bordering countries. The America’s, Europe, Africa, the Middle East and some of Asia will be treated to a lunar eclipse.

Observers in the Eastern U.S., all of South America, Western Europe and Western Africa will be treated to a total lunar eclipse.

GENERAL INFO: If you line in the U.S. and Canada this will be the final total lunar eclipse until January 2019 so you want to see this one!

This lunar eclipse will also be the second of three-full supermoon’s in 2015 and the biggest (closest) of the three. What’s that mean? Not a whole lot but technically it will be one of the biggest lunar eclipses you will ever see and even if you can’t truly tell the difference, it’s still pretty awesome.

The two (2) Lunar Eclipses this year also end what’s called a “Tetrad” which is four (4) consecutive Total Lunar Eclipses. There are eight (8) Tetrads in the 21st century and this one (2014/2015) is the second in the series with the next series beginning in 2032. http://eclipse.gsfc.nasa.gov/OH/OHtables/OH2014-Tab06.pdf

TimeAndDate Lunar Eclipse Info: http://www.timeanddate.com/eclipse/lunar/2015-september-28

TimeAndDate Lunar Eclipse Info (Boston): http://www.timeanddate.com/eclipse/in/usa/boston?iso=20150928

Fred Espinak aka Mr. Eclipse page for this event: http://www.mreclipse.com/MrEclipse.html

NASA Eclipses of 2014: http://eclipse.gsfc.nasa.gov/eclipse.html

Moon Giant lunar eclipse calendar: http://www.moongiant.com/Lunar_Eclipse_Calendar.php

What is a Supermoon & 2015 Dates: http://danspace77.com/whats-a-supermoon-2015-list/

2015 Eclipses: http://danspace77.com/2015-solar-lunar-eclipses/

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Arizona Perseids


Image Credit & Copyright: Dylan Martin.

Let’s unveil yet another great image from this month’s Perseids meteor shower. This one was shot by Dylan Martin on the early morning hours of August 13, 2015 at the beautiful, Tucson Mountain Park.

In this image the Milky Way and the Perseids share the stage as the Moon was kind enough to stay clear for this particular show. I have never been to this location but the beautiful desert landscape is just fantastic. At 20,000 acres, and containing 63 miles of non-motorized trails, this is no small park. I’m going to have to put this one on my “to-do” list as well. So many beautiful locations around the world, it’s a shame of you don’t get out and explore it from time to time.

I hope you all enjoy this image and check out ore of Dylan’s work.

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Spectacle at Joshua Tree


Image Credit & Copyright: Sean Parker.

Rolling right along in my personal 2015 Perseid Meteor Shower favorites is this incredible catch from Sean Parker while in Joshua Tree National Park. This image was captured on August 8th and knowing that new moon week wasn’t until the following week, this is a great illustration of the strength of this particular shower as the Moon was still 30% illuminated at the time.

For those of you that may not know what Joshua Tree National Park is, it’s definitely worth learning about and of course, go visit! It’s a nearly 800,000 acre region of the California desert near Twentynine Palms and is home to some of the most beautiful desert landscapes you will ever see. Not only that, it’s a favorite for night sky photographers in the region.

I hope you all enjoy this great image from Sean and if you do go visit his pages for other great imagery. Get out there and visit our national parks, protect our national parks and protect our night skies.

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Perseids From Crawford Notch


Image Credit & Copyright: Matt Milone.

I’m going to show off a few more 2015 Perseid Meteor Shower images and this one comes from Matt Milone and it’s from a place I know very well; Crawford Notch, New Hampshire in the White Mountain National Forest.

In this great image you see the night sky ablaze with meteors over the old 140 year-old Maine Central Railroad, Mountain Division Line tracks which are now home to the “Notch Train.” In the near distance is the rugged terrain of Mt. Willard which if you ever get the chance I recommend hiking. It’s an easy climb with a million dollar view of the Notch.

Awesome capture and seeing all these images makes me want to take a clear night off of work and get back out there myself.

Matthew Milone: http://fineartamerica.com/profiles/1-matthew-milone.html

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Flash Point


Image Credit & Copyright: Brad Goldpaint.

For those of you lucky enough to have dark skies with clear skies overhead last week were treated to the best meteor shower of the year as the 2015 Perseids streaked across our night skies. What made this show great was not just the volume of meteors, which was around 50-ish; but also the fact that the Moon sat this one out. That big floodlight in the night sky is famous for washing away meteor showers through the year so the fact that this one occurred during new moon week presented a great opportunity to see a great show.

This image by Brad is a composite of about 65 meteors he captured on August 13 between 00:30 to 04:30 (AM) from Mount Shasta CA. The mountain itself is the centerpiece in the image off in the distance with the glow from the town of Mount Shasta illuminating the base of the mountain.

How you get from a night of imaging to a final image isn’t as simple as you may think. Here’s some technical information from the image in Brad’s own words. And remember, that’s why it’s so important to give proper credit to the night sky images that we all love so much. The time, money and effort that goes into a night sky capture is truly remarkable and it’s something you won’t find yourself doing unless you truly love it.

“I subtracted the meteors from the images that contained them throughout the 4 hour period. Due to the Earth’s rotation, the meteors were not in the correct location once overlayed with the single background image. To find where the meteors originated from in relation to the background image, I used Polaris (North Star), Capella, Pleiades, Mirphak, Double Cluster, and the constellation Perseid to triangulate their position.” – Brad Goldpaint

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ULA Atlas V to Launch MUOS 4 for the U.S. Military


Image Credit & Copyright: United Launch Alliance (ULA) of the MUOS-3 Atlas V-551 launch vehicle.

LAUNCH ALERT: Monday, August 31, 2015 at 08:07 UTC (04:07 EDT & 01:07 PDT) a United Launch Alliance (ULA) Atlas V-551 Rocket (AV-056) will launch the 4th of 5 United States Navy’s Mobile User Objective System (MUOS) satellites from Space Launch Complex-41 (SLC-41 or SLICK-41) at the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station (CCAFS), Florida.

The Atlas family dates back to 1959. This will mark the 56th Atlas V launch and the 6th in the 551 configuration. The previous 5 were the 3 prior MUOS launches, New Horizons to Pluto and Juno to Jupiter.

The Mobile User Objective System 4 (MUOS-4) satellite is a next-generation narrowband tactical satellite communications system designed to significantly improve ground communications for U.S. forces on the move. MUOS will provide military users 10 times more communications capability over existing systems, including simultaneous voice, video and data, leveraging 3G mobile communications technology.

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Arianespace Ariane 5 Dual Payload Launch Next Week


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LAUNCH ALERT: Thursday, August 20 at 20:10 UTC (16:10 EDT) Arianespace will be launching the massive and beautiful Ariane 5 ECA Rocket (designated Flight VA225) with a dual payload of satellites. The EUTELSAT 8 West B satellite will supply direct to home satellite broadcasting to the Middle East and North Africa. The Intelsat 34 satellite will beam direct television programming to Latin America.

Launch will take place from Launch Site, Ensemble de Lancement Ariane-3 (ELA-3) at the Arianespace Spaceport in Kourou, French Guiana. This will be the 81st launch of the Ariane 5 and its 4th launch in 2015.

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