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I hope you had a lovely Christmas & Happy New Year 2019!

Not perhaps, definitely the astronomical highlight for January 2019 will be the lunar eclipse visible from the UK and europe in the very early hours of the morning that takes place on the morning of Monday 21st January – from today as Monday 7th, this happens in two week time.

At 4am the bright full moon will have fallen into Earth’s shadow darkening and turning an unique red colour – also known as a blood moon, visible from the UK in the very early hours of the morning.

(For observers in the North America and South America, the eclipse will take place between the evening of Sunday 20th January and the early morning hours of Monday 21st January.)

It’s sure to be an awesome spectacle, as long as the great British weather doesn’t spoil things!

Deaf astronomers from Milton Keynes Deaf Astronomical Society (MKDAS) team will be at the Emberton Country Park in Milton Keynes for this event and you are very welcome to join us!

Total Lunar Eclipse Event
(Times shown in local time – GMT.)

Penumbral Eclipse begins:-
02:36am – The Earth’s penumbra start touching the Moon’s face.
Partial Eclipse begins:-
03:33am – Partial moon eclipse starts – moon is getting red.
Total Eclipse begins:-
04:41am – Total moon eclipse starts – completely red moon.
Maximum Eclipse begins:-
05:12am – Moon is closest to the centre of the Earth’s shadow.
Total Eclipse ends:-
05:43am – Total Moon eclipses ends.
Partial Eclipse ends:-
06:50 – Partial Eclipse ends.
Penumbral Eclipse ends:-
The Earth’s penumbra ends, the Moon close to the horizon.

Best wishes and clear skies for 2019!

Derek Rowley

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