A lunar eclipse occurs when the moon moves in front of the Earth’s shadow, this can only happen at a full moon and when the Earth, Sun and Moon are fully aligned.
On the 16th May 2022 the Moon passed through the Earth’s shadow between 03:28 and 06:55 BST, creating a total lunar eclipse.
It was difficult to see from North Kent. Firstly the Moon set partway through the eclipse and secondly the Moon was only 5° above the horizon when the eclipse started but this did not deter members Honor Wheeler and Jim Burchell; who got up early to photograph the event from Dartford.
Unfortunately it was rather cloudy and misty that morning too.
The first image below was taken by Jim Burchell and shows the Moon in partial eclipse. Jim used a Nikon D5100 set at F6.0, 1/2 sec and iso 640 attached to an Altair Astro refractor to acquire the image.
The next set of images below were all taken by Honor Wheeler from the same location as Jim.
The last image before the Lunar Eclipse was obscured completely by cloud.
The Dick Chambers Observatory was open for observing the ‘blood moon’ on the evening/morning of the 20th-21st January and for a change the weather was good. Other members observered from their homes and below are a few images by members.
Images by Jim Burchell
Images by Martin Crow
Images by Leigh Slomer
Images by Honor Wheeler
Images by Kevin Langford
Images by Mike Rushton
Images by Janice McClean
Images by Honor Wheeler using her Meade ETX 105 telescope afocally with a Fuji E550 digital camera.
This image is of the penumbra of the Earth’s shadow (the dark bar through the middle) during the eclipse before totality. It was achieved by subtracting an image of the moon before the eclipse and an image of it during the penumbral phase by Martin Crow.
Image by Andrew Godden
Image by Jim Burchell
Digital Camera afocally mounted to a Dobsonian telescope.
Images by Simon Dawes
DSLR Canon 400D, Sigma 75-300mm lens at 300mm F5.6 un-tracked (note dew increasing unnoticed over the night degrading the images.
Terry Miles observations
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