Call for Lunar Eclipse Observing Reports

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Observers in the Central Pacific, Americas, Europe and Africa are well-placed for a total lunar eclipse on Sunday night, January 20/Monday morning, January 21, 2019, a member of Saros 134.

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Note that with only 62 minutes of totality, the Moon will not pass as deeply into Earth’s umbral shadow. In comparison, totality in last summer’s lunar eclipse on July 27, 2018 lasted 103 minutes.

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Usually, a shallow lunar passage through Earth’s umbral shadow such as this eclipse indicates a colorful and/or bright totality.

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For observers in the United States, the times for this eclipse are good; see the accompanying table (at right)  for details. Note for example that totality begins for observers in Atlanta, Georgia, USA, at 11:41:18 p.m. Eastern Time, Sunday, January 20. The time of “Greatest Eclipse” in Atlanta is 12:12:18 a.m. Eastern Time, Monday, January 21, and totality ends for Atlanta observers 31 minutes later.

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Note also that Monday, January 21, is Martin Luther King Day in the United States, with many workers allowed off that day, which should make it easier for those who wish to observe into Monday morning.
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Observation forms are available on the ALPO website as described below:

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1. Go to www.alpo-astronomy.org, then click on ALPO Section Galleries near the top-right corner of the page in the right sidebar.

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2. Click on Publications Section, then Observing Sections Publications, then Lunar Eclipse Observing Forms.
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3. Click on the desired form, then right-click on the blue prompt in the header to download the form to your computer.

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4. Repeat this to download all three forms.

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5. It is a good idea to also download the document “Timing an Eclipse of the Moon with the Unaided Eye” as well.

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Please send your total lunar eclipse reports to our acting assistant section coordinator as soon as possible after this event:

Keith Spring
2173 John Hart Circle
Orange Park, FL 32073
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E-mail — star.man13@hotmail.com

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