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  • Location: Irlam
  • Location: Irlam

There will be two full moons during December, the first on the 2nd of December and the second is on the 31st December. The 2nd full moon within a calendar month is often called the blue moon.

This blue moon is special because there will be a partial lunar eclipse as well.

The penumbral stage starts at about 5.15pm

The partial stage starts at about 6.51pm

Maximum partial phase at about 7.22pm, where the far southern limb of the moon will be the umbral shadow

Partial phase ends 7.53pm

Penumbral stages ends about 9.30pm

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  • Location: Bexhill-on-Sea, East Sussex
  • Weather Preferences: Winter Snow, extreme weather, mainly sunny mild summers though.
  • Location: Bexhill-on-Sea, East Sussex

Fascinating, I always wondered what a blue moon was, does it turn a bit of a blue colour then?

I never thought the mood paid any attention to our man made months, weather there was one full moon or two I mean. :yahoo:

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  • Location: Near Beverley, East Yorks. (5 metres a.s.l.)
  • Weather Preferences: Something good in all four seasons
  • Location: Near Beverley, East Yorks. (5 metres a.s.l.)

A beautiful sight so far :wallbash:

BL

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  • Location: just south of Doncaster, Sth Yorks
  • Location: just south of Doncaster, Sth Yorks

Thanks for the heads up - just taken this a couple of mins ago!

yes tks for the initial post Kevin and those more recently that prompted me to look out of the window-unusual to me but them I know very little of astronomy-always far too complex for my little mind to comprehend.

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  • Location: East Devon
  • Location: East Devon

Ahh I was thinking there was something a bit odd looking about the moon this evening now the clouds cleared, Then It occurred to me that I thought it looked a bit more like a partial lunar eclipse than just the moons shadow. So thought i'd look on the forum and found this which I had managed to forget about until now!

Looking very nice :drinks:

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  • Location: Cheslyn Hay, South Staffordshire. UK 159mtrs ASL
  • Location: Cheslyn Hay, South Staffordshire. UK 159mtrs ASL

Nice shot Frogesque, its a bit cold outside for photography isnt it! (i have man-flu too!)

Took a few photos too using a fixed 50mm lens piggybacked onto the meade.

Thanks for the reminder earlier on today.

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  • Location: Mossley, Nr Saddleworth / Oldham.
  • Location: Mossley, Nr Saddleworth / Oldham.

A wonderful view of the moon tonight. Thank you Mr D. for bringing this event to the attention of all, including myself, who would otherwise not have known.

Thanks again. Happy new year. smile.gif

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  • Location: Kingdom of Fife: 56.2º N, 3.2º W
  • Location: Kingdom of Fife: 56.2º N, 3.2º W

Nice shot Frogesque, its a bit cold outside for photography isnt it! (i have man-flu too!)

Took a few photos too using a fixed 50mm lens piggybacked onto the meade.

Thanks for the reminder earlier on today.

Nice crisp shot there with the Meade!

Mine was snapped quickly, hand held Sigma 500mm 1:7.2 on my old Canon D60. You're right - perishin' outside!

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