Public Eclipse Watch with Hertford Astronomy Group

Public Eclipse Watch with Hertford Astronomy Group

Friday 27th July 2018 from 20:30pm to 23:30pm

King George V Playing Fields
Beehive Lane, Welwyn Garden City, AL7 4BW, East of England

Join members of Hertford Astronomy Group to watch the total eclipse of the Moon.

The moon will rise at 8:50 already in eclipse and reach mid-eclipse at 9:20, though it will still only be 8º above the horizon. Totality will last until 10:15, and for the next hour after that, the curve of the Earth’s shadow will be seen sliding across the Moon.

Mars will rise around 10pm, and during the evening it should also be possible to see Venus, Jupiter and Saturn! As a bonus there will be two passes of the International Space Station.

You are welcome to bring telescopes and binoculars to add to those provided by embers of the society. The group plans to project a view of the eclipse onto a screen so that visitors will be able to follow the action without having to queue at an eyepiece.

Whilst observing is dependent on clear skies there will also be displays and talks, so there will be things to do whatever the weather.

Everyone is welcome and there is no charge however please contact Jerry Stone, Programme and Outreach Secretary, at [email protected], saying how many people will be coming along.

Please note that this event has already taken place on 27/07/2018

Event organiser

Hertford Astronomy Group

Hertford Astronomy Group is organising this event

Please contact Hertford Astronomy Group directly for more details regarding this event or, if appropriate, contact the event venue.

Event booking

If you would like to attend this event please contact [email protected] letting them know how many people to expect.

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Event darkness

The Moon has a big impact on the visibility of celestial bodies in the night sky. Try to plan your stargazing when there is no bright Moon at night as this is when the skies will be at their darkest.

The below chart shows if and when the skies will be at their darkest during this event. Moonlight is shown in light yellow and the Sun's twilight in light blue. Midnight on the date shown is shown as a white line with sunset to the left and sunrise the next morning to the right. A black background with stars shows the best times for stargazing.

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