2019 General Lunar Viewing

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2019 General Lunar Viewing

Post by Christopher K. » May 4th, 2019, 2:53 pm

This evening at 5:45pm CDT, the Moon will be New.

The next planned time specifically set aside for lunar viewing at HRPO will occur on Saturday 11 May from 4:15pm to 10:15pm. At 8:12pm CDT on that evening the Moon will be in First Quarter.

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Re: 2019 General Lunar Viewing

Post by Christopher K. » July 31st, 2019, 7:21 pm

Tonight at 10:12pm CDT is a New Moon. It should be a fine night for viewing throughout all the dark hours.

Some locations on Earth (not Baton Rouge) will have two New Moons in August! More information...
https://www.skyandtelescope.com/astrono ... -big-deal/

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Re: 2019 General Lunar Viewing

Post by Christopher K. » August 2nd, 2019, 6:12 pm

The 2.2-day old Moon will just be glimpsed in the west at HRPO for about fifteen minutes, 8:30pm to 8:45pm, as the public sky viewing session begins. Bring your binocular!

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Re: 2019 General Lunar Viewing

Post by Christopher K. » August 9th, 2019, 2:47 pm

The twelve-day old Moon will be viewed Monday night at HRPO from 10pm to midnight during the peak of the Perseid Meteor Shower. The Moon will be in the constellation Sagittarius. Telescopes will be retired at midnight so visitors can concentrate on searching for Perseids, the rate of which will increase after midnight.

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Re: 2019 General Lunar Viewing

Post by Christopher K. » September 6th, 2019, 6:19 pm

The Moon is passing currently Jupiter and Saturn in the southwestern and southern skies. The night of Friday the 13th at 10:33pm CDT we will have the Harvest Moon--the closest Full Moon to the beginning of autumn!

Moon from 6 September to 8 September:
https://s22380.pcdn.co/wp-content/uploa ... AWAYlo.jpg

Moon from 12 September to 15 September:
https://s22380.pcdn.co/wp-content/uploa ... 16x360.jpg

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Re: 2019 General Lunar Viewing

Post by Christopher K. » September 17th, 2019, 12:09 pm

Thanks to Louisiana Weekend for promoting the Friday the 13th Full Moon this past weekend. Of course, the calendar date does not influence a view of the Moon, and the Moon was at apogee, but personnel at HRPO appreciated the coverage of that public viewing session.

The video:
https://www.thelouisianaweekend.com/exp ... servatory/

If you want to see the Moon at its closest (perigee) from your home, these are the remaining opportunities for 2019...
Saturday 23 November, 4:30am to 5:15am = This will be a very thin waning crescent Moon in Virgo, and a very low eastern horizon is needed.
Wednesday 18 December, 12:15am to 5:15am = This will be a waning gibbous Moon in Leo.

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Re: 2019 General Lunar Viewing

Post by Christopher K. » November 12th, 2019, 4:14 pm

Full Moon tomorrow at 7:34am CST. The best time to view this Moon is 7:45pm to 9pm tonight, as the temperature drops to freezing at 9pm. Indeed, there is a Hard Freeze Warning from 8pm tonight to 8am tomorrow...
https://forecast.weather.gov/showsigwx. ... csudldKjIU

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