Date: Sunday 27th September 2015
Time: midnight – 5.50 am
Venue: Linton Gardens, Hastings TN34 1TD
Unless you’ve been living under a rock in the run up to 27th September, you should already know about this rare triple lunar event: it’s the night of the Harvest Moon (the full Moon nearest the autumn equinox), the biggest supermoon of 2015, and most exciting of all… a total lunar eclipse.
If you’re brave enough to stay up most of the night in the cold, this is an event not to be missed. We’ll have a couple of telescopes and astronomical binoculars set up in Linton Gardens from about midnight to observe the event. It’s also a great opportunity to look at a supermoon through a telescope. If you have you’re own telescope or binoculars, bring them along too. The more the merrier!
There is strictly no parking in the park, but there’s lots of free parking on Braybrooke Terrace and Wykeham Road.
From Braybrooke Terrace: walk up the main path into the park, when you get to the park keeper’s cottage, turn right and walk up the zig-zag path, take the left fork at the top (more or less straight on), after about 20 meters you’ll see the telescopes. It takes about 4 minutes to get to the telescopes from the road.
From Wykeham Road: walk down the twitten on the right at the end of the road, bear left once you get into the park, then bear right at the fork in the path, after about 20 meters you’ll see the telescopes. It takes about 2 minutes to get to the telescopes from the road.
1.12am: Moon enters Earth’s outer shadow (the penumbra)
2.07am: first contact – Moon enters Earth’s full shadow (the umbra)
3.11am: totality starts
3.47am: point of greatest eclipse
4.23am: totality ends
5.27am: last contact – Moon leaves umbral shadow
6.22am: Moon leaves penumbral shadow
7.06am: Moon sets below the horizon
Things you’ll need:
• torch (a red light torch if you have one)
• thick socks and warm shoes/boots
• warm coat, hat, scarf, gloves
• flask of hot tea or coffee
• fold up chair if you have one