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Moon eclipses bright star tonight

Started by ggalilei, 09/22/2012 09:18AM
Posted 09/22/2012 09:18AM Opening Post
Around 9:25 EST tonight, the Moon should be seen eclipsing the star Polis, of magnitude brighter than 4. It will be on the unlit side of the Moon and it should be fun to watch at low powers from around 8:45 EST as the Moon approaches it and finally eclipses it.
Posted 09/22/2012 10:33AM #1
Antonino: Do you really mean 9:25 EST, or is it 9:25 EDT? Assuming you are talking about p.m time, for us on the West Coast 9:25 pm EST would be 7:25 pm PDT, by which time the sky will be dark; but 9:25 pm EDT would be 6:25 PDT, about 20 minutes before sunset. (This matters to me, because tonight is NASA's "International Observing the Moon" night, and I am scheduled to participate in a moon-observing outreach session at a local space museum).

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