Macarthur Astronomical Society
With over 100 financial members, we are amateur astronomy enthusiasts from right across the South Western Region of Sydney, Australia.
We conduct the Macarthur Astronomy Forum each month at the Campbelltown Campus of Western Sydney University.
We arrange public astronomy nights in collaboration with Campbelltown Rotary Observatory at Western Sydney University; and we hold regular dark sky observing sessions for our members.
Saturday 28th July
A total lunar eclipse will occur on the morning of 28th July, visible from Macarthur.
You will need to be awake early to view it (partial eclipse visible between 4.24 am and 5.30 am; total eclipse visible from 5.30 am to 6.57) and you will need to find a suitable location with a very clear westerly horizon view.
The Moon will be low in the sky during totality - and will still be fully eclipsed as it sinks beyond the horizon.
This is a timetable of the eclipse and twilight events:
|3.13 am||Penumbral eclipse begins||West||43°|
|4.24 am||Umbral eclipse begins||West||29°|
|5.26 am||Astronomical dawn (Sun 18º below horizon)||~||~|
|5.30 am||Total eclipse begins||WSW||16°|
|5.56 am||Nautical dawn (Sun 12º below horizon)||~||~|
|6.21 am||Mid eclipse||WSW||6°|
|6.26 am||Civil dawn (Sun 6º below horizon)||~||~|
|6.57 am||Moon sets (still in total eclipse)||WSW||0°|
Observers will also be able to spot Mars, just 7.5° from the Moon; and high in the sky above the Moon will be Fomalhaut, a first magnitude star and the 18th brightest in the sky.
Macarthur Astronomy Forum
Dr Ed Kruzins
Monday 20th August, 7.30 pm
At The Domes - Saturday 15th September.
Our winter season of free public nights at Campbelltown Rotary Observatory concludes.