Total lunar eclipse over Ireland and Europe 2019

There will be a very rare Total "Blood Moon" eclipse over Irenad and most of Europe on the morning of Monday, January 21st 2019.

A total lunar eclipse is when the Earth is in perfect alignment between the sun and the moon. This casts a shadow on the moon and the light that is bent around the earth gets diffracted causing a red colour to pass over the moon. This is truly spectacular.

We would recommend looking out at the following times to see the most beautiful stages of the occurrence!

Times:

  • 3:50 AM for the beginning of the totality
  • 4:35 AM for a beautiful image of half the moon covered in red.
  • 5:12 AM for the Maximum eclipse (full red moon!)
  • 6:36 AM for the ending of the eclipse

We would love to see your pictures of the eclipse and the best pictures will be entered in a draw for a nice prize. Enter by emailing schullplanetarium@gmail.com and sharing on social media at #schullplanetarium Best of luck!

Let’s hope the weather is good!



Orionids Meteor Shower.

The Orionids is an average shower producing up to 20 meteors per hour at its peak. It is produced by dust grains left behind by comet Halley, which has been known and observed since ancient times. The shower runs annually from October 2 to November 7. It peaks this year on the night of October 21 and the morning of October 22. The nearly full moon will block some of the fainter meteors this year, but the Orionids tend to be fairly bright so it could still be a good show. Best viewing will be from a dark location after midnight. Meteors will radiate from the constellation Orion, but can appear anywhere in the sky.


Draconids Meteor Shower.

The Draconids is a minor meteor shower producing only about 10 meteors per hour. It is produced by dust grains left behind by comet 21P Giacobini-Zinner, which was first discovered in 1900. The Draconids is an unusual shower in that the best viewing is in the early evening instead of early morning like most other showers. The shower runs annually from October 6-10 and peaks this year on the the night of the 8th. This will be an excellent year to observe the Draconids because there will be no moonlight to spoil the show. Best viewing will be in the early evening from a dark location far away from city lights. Meteors will radiate from the constellation Draco, but can appear anywhere in the sky.


Perseids Meteor Shower.

The Perseids is one of the best meteor showers to observe, producing up to 60 meteors per hour at its peak. It is produced by comet Swift-Tuttle, which was discovered in 1862. The Perseids are famous for producing a large number of bright meteors. The shower runs annually from August 10 to 14th. It peaks this year on the night of August 12 and the morning of August 13. The thin crescent moon will set early in the evening leaving dark skies for what should be an excellent show. Best viewing will be from a dark location after midnight. Meteors will radiate from the constellation Perseus, but can appear anywhere in the sky.
NOT TO BE MISSED!



 
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