Shadowed Moon and Mountain

Shadowed Moon

Image Credit: Norbert Span


Shadowed Moon and Mountain
On July 16th the Moon celebrated the 50th anniversary of the launch of Apollo 11 with a lunar eclipse visible from much of planet Earth. In this view part of the lunar disk is immersed in Earth’s dark, reddened umbral shadow. Near the maximum eclipse phase it just touches down along a mountain ridge. The rugged Tyrolean nightscape was recorded after moonrise south of Innsbruck, Austria with a dramatically lit communication tower along the ridgeline. Of course eclipses rarely travel alone. This partial lunar eclipse was at the Full Moon following July 2nd’s New Moon and total eclipse of the Sun.



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Shadowed Moon & Mountain

Our next public meeting


Our next public meeting –

Tuesday 27th August 2019

Our telescopes will be operating from 7.30pmmay


telescope & stars

On 27th August, the brightest objects that may  be seen are listed below.

The Moon will not be visible.

Jupiter and Saturn are close together in the central sky – Saturn is east of Jupiter.

Rigil Kentaurus and Hadar are very close together in the south west – Rigil is just north of Hadar.

The objects are listed in order of brightness. The data for each listing is – Name / Type of Object / Apparent Magnitude (the brighter the object the lower the number) / Distance from Earth in light years (stars) or in Astronomical Units (planets) / Position in the Sky.


Jupiter / planet / -2.2 / 5.0 au / central sky

Vega / pulsating variable double star / 0.0 / 25 ly / north

Rigil Kentaurus / double star / 0.10 / 4.4 ly / south west

Arcturus / double star / 0.15 / 37 ly / north west

Saturn / planet / 0.3 / 9.4AU / central sky

Achernar / variable star / 0.45 / 139 ly / south east

Hadar / pulsating variable double star / 0.55 / 525 ly / south west

Antares / pulsating double star / 1.05 / 554 ly / central sky

Altair / pulsating double star / 2.25 / 16 ly / north east


At 7.30pm the on-screen presentation will be –

Beyond Pluto

 Solar system with sun orbits and planets on dark blue background flat vector illustration

A cartoon illustration of Pluto holding a sign.

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A very recent video documentary that further examines the outer edges, beyond Pluto, of our solar system.


 Our next public meeting –

Tuesday 27th August

Fergusson Park Observatory, Tilby Drive, Matua, Tauranga.


Viewing – both astronomical and on-screen

On-screen program at 7.30pm – Beyond Pluto


Admission to our meetings –

Door entry $5.

Members & children free.

Payment by cash only.

No EFTPOS facility available.


Annual subscriptions are due –

$30 each adult

or $40 each family

$10 students.

Payment on-line or

cash at meetings.

No EFTPOS facility available.


On-line payment is easy, to –


Bank account number

03 0435 0659752 00

Please indicate

“Subscription” and your name.

Once payment is received your nametag(s) will be available at subsequent meetings.


Panda telescope

Telescope viewing possible only with zero or minimum cloud cover.


Happy skies everyone.



Kevin Patmore



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With funding support from:


Slooh Space Camera


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