Partial Lunar Eclipse – Nov 19, 2021

Friday, November 19, 2021, 3:15 AM CST

Partial Lunar Eclipse

Longest Lunar Eclipse in 580 Years!

#nightsky #observation

39°F and I’m standing out here on my back patio in shorts, a hoodie and house slippers, equipped only with a pair of binoculars. Was humbling experience seeing the clear night sky with the nearly full lunar eclipse in all its glory, at about 265° West, looking up at about a 45° angle. The full Moon, which had hours earlier, lit up the night, was now muted and tinted in red hues.

Pics from a mobile device can’t do this observation justice… but, thankfully Ray’s Astrophotography YT Channel was running a live stream of the event, and my handy dandy Sky Guide app is useful for some AR screenshots and labeling of the visible objects:

My Night Sky Observations for 5/1/2020 01:00AM CDT

Haven’t yet been able to fall asleep. I’ve laid in bed for two hours, pondering the most pressing issues in my life right now. Mind doesn’t shut off, hard to fall asleep. Basically, just replaying the issues in my mind to create a mental list of these things that need to be converted to an actual Task List in order to effectively solve the problems. Do I really have that many problems that their solution is so pressing and deserving of my attention that it deprives me of precious sleep? Or do I just enjoy solving problems? 😅

Didn’t turn on any lights as I arose from bed, walking to the living room/kitchen. Our gadgets emit enough light with their LEDs to see at night. Even with this much “light pollution”, I noticed it seemed strangely bright outside. And quite a bit louder than I thought it would be. Besides the cricket-like bug still chirping, there are also several birds tweeting back and forth. It’s 1:00 AM for chirping out loud!

Oh, right, sky observations… 🤓

The moon is half-illuminated in a yellowish tint, sitting on the western horizon at about 30 degrees:

My Sky Guide app also revealed the constellation Cancer the Crab, sitting directly under the moon, although I’m unable to see any of those stars with naked eye:

Standing on my back patio, facing North, I tilt my head back about 80 degrees and turned just to the west, the Big Dipper is plainly visible, with its handle pointing south and the scoop is being emptied on to this large tree on my neighbor’s rear properly line:

The very mature maple tree in Timothy’s yard (neighbor to the East) mostly blocks my view of the eastern and north eastern sky, except for a small gap between the tree and his patio roof, where one brighter star and one dimmer star are still visible to my naked eyes. According to Sky Guide, these are Altair and Tarazed of the constellation Aquila, The Eagle, The Thunderbird:

For having this much artificial light pollution, it’s interesting just how much less of the Sky we’re able to see. Our 24/7 cities and their inefficient street lights are sending light in all directions rather than concentrating it or restricting the beam of light. Here’s an example of the levels of ALP in the DFW metroplex:

Here’s some live screenshot video captured through the Sky Guide app: