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Astronomical Events Observed - 2019
Comet 46P Wirtanen 1st Jan 2019 19.00UT The comet is now in Lynx and has faded to about 6.5 mag, but in our dark  skies it is still an easy binocular object. It shape remains an oval with the  nucleus just off centre. The comet should remain visible for a few more weeks.  Total Lunar Eclipse 21st Jan 2019  03.25UT This is the first big astronomocal event of the year. Occurring within a few hours of the Moon reaching its closest to the Earth  the Moon was a little larger than normal.  With clear skies the Moon entered the Earth’s shadow at umber. Mid eclipse  occurred at 05.15UT. -the eclipse seemed particularly dark compared to  other I have observed. This could be due to the volcanic activity over the  past months causing more sunlight to be scattered away from the Moon.  Shortly after the Moon started to leave the shadow clouds moved in.end  The next eclipse is on 16th July starting at Moon rise 21.00UT  (10pm BST))  Comet C/2018 Y1 Iwamoto 31st Jan 2019  05.00UT First new comet of 2019 observed. (C. Wirtanen was first seen in 2018).  Though discovered in 2018 the comet has been too low in the southern sky  to be seen here. With the moon out of the way for about 2 weeks there is a  good opportunity to watch the comet brighten as it closes on the Earth on  13th Feb to 28 million miles.   The comet is ralatively faint at +8th mag and should reach +7 by mid Feb.  Update 10th Feb  The comet has moved into Leo and brightened to +7mag. It has a low  surface brightens so still not an easy object to see without dark skies. It is  now closer to the Earth and has grown to about 30arcmins (size of full  Moon).  The comet passed below galaxies M95 and M96 (35 Million light years away)  - the comet was about 30 million miles.  The image was taken with a Canon 450D DSLR and 200mm lens. 5 min exp  at ISO800.  Aurora #1 31st Jan 2019 21.45UT Our first aurora of the year. The aurora built up to a bright across across the northern sky. No beams or  rays were seen. After an hour it faded away. 
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Astronomical Events Observed - 2019
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Comet 46P Wirtanen 1st Jan 2019 19.00UT The comet is now in Lynx and has faded to about 6.5  mag, but in our dark skies it is still an easy binocular  object. It shape remains an oval with the nucleus just  off centre. The comet should remain visible for a few more  weeks. Total Lunar Eclipse 21st Jan 2019  03.25UT  This is the first big astronomocal event of the year. Occurring within a few hours of the Moon reaching its  closest to the Earth the Moon was a little larger than  normal.  With clear skies the Moon entered the Earth’s shadow  at umber. Mid eclipse occurred at 05.15UT. -the  eclipse seemed particularly dark compared to other I  have observed. This could be due to the volcanic  activity over the past months causing more sunlight  to be scattered away from the Moon. Shortly after the Moon started to leave the shadow  clouds moved in.end  The next eclipse is on 16th July starting at Moon rise  21.00UT  (10pm BST))  Comet C/2018 Y1 Iwamoto  31st Jan 2019  05.00UT  First new comet of 2019 observed. (C. Wirtanen was  first seen in 2018). Though discovered in 2018 the comet has been too  low in the southern sky to be seen here. With the  moon out of the way for about 2 weeks there is a  good opportunity to watch the comet brighten as it  closes on the Earth on 13th Feb to 28 million miles. The comet is ralatively faint at +8th mag and should  reach +7 by mid Feb.  Update 10th Feb The comet has moved into Leo and brightened to  +7mag. It is now closer to the Earth and has grown  to about 30arcmins (size of full Moon). It has a low  surface brightens so still not an easy object to see  without dark skies. The comet passed below galaxies M95 and M96 (35  Million light years away) - the comet was about 30  million miles. The image was taken with a Canon 450D DSLR and  200mm lens. 5 min exp at ISO800.  Aurora #1  31st Jan 2019 21.45UT  Our first aurora of the year. The aurora built up to a bright across across the  northern sky. No beams or rays were seen. After an  hour it faded away.
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Astronomical Events Observed - 2019
Galloway Astronomy Centre Discover the Dark Skies of Galloway
Comet 46P Wirtanen 1st Jan 2019 19.00UT The comet is now in Lynx and has faded to about 6.5  mag, but in our dark skies it is still an easy binocular  object. It shape remains an oval with the nucleus just  off centre. The comet should remain visible for a few more weeks. Total Lunar Eclipse 21st Jan 2019  03.25UT  This is the first big astronomocal event of the year. Occurring within a few hours of the Moon reaching its  closest to the Earth the Moon was a little larger than  normal.  With clear skies the Moon entered the Earth’s shadow at  umber. Mid eclipse occurred at 05.15UT. -the eclipse  seemed particularly dark compared to other I have  observed. This could be due to the volcanic activity over  the past months causing more sunlight to be scattered  away from the Moon.  Shortly after the Moon started to leave the shadow  clouds moved in.end  The next eclipse is on 16th July starting at Moon rise  21.00UT  (10pm BST))  Comet C/2018 Y1 Iwamoto  31st Jan 2019  05.00UT  First new comet of 2019 observed. (C. Wirtanen was  first seen in 2018). Though discovered in 2018 the comet has been too low  in the southern sky to be seen here. With the moon out  of the way for about 2 weeks there is a good  opportunity to watch the comet brighten as it closes on  the Earth on 13th Feb to 28 million miles. The comet is ralatively faint at +8th mag and should  reach +7 by mid Feb.  Update 10th Feb The comet has moved into Leo and brightened to  +7mag. It is now closer to the Earth and has grown to  about 30arcmins (size of full Moon). It has a low surface  brightens so still not an easy object to see without dark  skies. The comet passed below galaxies M95 and M96 (35  Million light years away) - the comet was about 30  million miles. The image was taken with a Canon 450D DSLR and  200mm lens. 5 min exp at ISO800.  Aurora #1  31st Jan 2019 21.45UT  Our first aurora of the year. The aurora built up to a bright across across the  northern sky. No beams or rays were seen. After an  hour it faded away.
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