Blood Moon January 2019

  Blood Moon Capture, But Why Red?
Its a puzzle why a totally eclipsed Moon turns red ? The Earth’s atmosphere holds the key. The layer of air surrounding our planet is made up of different gases, water droplets, and dust particles.

When sunlight entering the Earth’s atmosphere strikes the particles that are smaller than the light’s wavelengths, it gets scattered into different directions. Not all colors in the light spectrum, however, are equally scattered. Colors with shorter wavelengths, especially the violet and blue colors, are scattered more strongly, so they are removed from the sunlight before it hits the surface of the Moon during a lunar eclipse. Those with longer wavelengths, like red and orange, pass through the atmosphere. This red-orange light is then bent or refracted around Earth hitting the surface of the Moon and giving it the reddish-orange glow that total lunar eclipses are famous for.
The above Images were captured by Fiona Betteridge from her garden in Drumoak Aberdeenshire using a DLSR Camera

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2019/20 Stargazing Dates

Here is a reminder of our Stargazing Dates at Garlogie for the 2019

SEPTEMBER 23RD

OCTOBER      21ST

NOVEMBER  25TH

DECEMBER   9TH

JANUARY      20TH

FEBRUARY   17TH

MARCH         2ND

MARCH        30TH

ALL DATES ARE FOR A MONDAY NIGHT FROM 7.30 PM

These are Monthly Dates but we will meet when weather permits at other times.

ALL WELCOME

Clear Skies for a new season………Alex

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Owl Cluster

Finding the Owl Cluster in the Night Sky

To find the Owl Cluster start by finding the constellation Cassiopeia,Then identifying the star Ruchbah in the W of Cassiopeia. With Binoculars or a low power eyepiece (25mm) in your telescope’s focuser, trace out a short line to the RIGHT of Ruchbah and the cluster will come into view.This is a real Hoot to find and looks good in any eyepiece give it ago ,Have fun.

Owlcol (1)

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