Wednesday, 14 December 2011

Clouded out: lunar eclipse

On December 10, 2011 a lunar eclipse occurred. In the Netherlands, the partial eclipsed Moon raised around 16h30 local time above the horizon. To witness this event, a clear sight on the north-eastern horizon was necessary. Therefore I decided to go to the public observatory of Rijswijk that is situated at the 13th floor of an apartment building.

I witnessed the Moon raising above the horizon, but soon after that, it disappeared behind the clouds. I did however manage to capture an interesting conjunction of the Moon and Saturn.

Did you know that when you live in the Netherlands, you live in one of the most light polluted areas on Earth? Look how much light the clouds reflect in the following picture. The bright "star" in this image is planet Jupiter.

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