A sign portentous?


in Daily updates, Oxford, Science, The outdoors

If you are in Oxford, go outside right now and have a look at the total lunar eclipse.

On account of the fairly cloudless night, it should be a good show. It should be visible from most of England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland, as well as further afield, and peak between 10.24pm to 11.58pm.

It seems virtually impossible to get a decent photograph of a lunar eclipse on a P&S camera. Even once you have the exposure worked out (about 1/320th of a second at f/5.6 and ISO 50), the lack of major telephoto capabilities means it will always fill too little of the frame to yield a good image. A lens equivalent to 1000mm for 35mm film is what you need to get the moon to approach a full frame.

[Update: 10:49pm] From this vantage, the eclipse has reached totality. Our world is between Apollo and Artemis.

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Anonymous March 3, 2007 at 11:08 pm
Milan March 4, 2007 at 12:15 am

The BBC has a story on this eclipse, also. Apparently, it is the best in years.

I wish I had access to a telescope, somehow. I checked, but none of the Oxford observatories seem to be open to the public tonight.

Ben March 4, 2007 at 11:32 am

The BBC had some good photos, and I think they said there was a good view from Canada too.

R.K. March 4, 2007 at 2:23 pm

Lunar eclipse wows sky watchers

I hate the verb ‘wows.’

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