September 13th, 2015
If you live in South Africa (or are sailing the southern Atlantic and Indian oceans) you’ll be lucky enough to experience a partial solar eclipse on Sunday morning. The best view will be for observers in Cape Town where the eclipse actually begins about eight minutes before sunrise.
Maximum eclipse occurs at 7:43 a.m. local time when the Moon will cover about 30% of the Sun’s surface. You might notice a slight drop in the brightness of your surroundings but DO NOT look directly at the Sun. There won’t be anything to see without optical aid anyway.
Instead, if you have a telescope and have some observational experience, use it to project an image of our nearest star onto a piece of white card. Local clubs and societies might also be offering public viewing events.
For observers in Europe and eastern North America, there’s a trade off. You might not see the partial solar eclipse but you’ll be able to enjoy the total lunar eclipse on the 27th. Personally, I’d rather bark at a coppery Moon than stare at a slightly obscured Sun anyway!
Time and Date.com – http://www.timeanddate.com/eclipse/in/south-africa/cape-town
NASA’s Eclipse Page – http://eclipse.gsfc.nasa.gov/SEsearch/SEsearchmap.php?Ecl=20150913
All Astronomical Events for September 13th, 2015
06:41 UT – New Moon. This is the farthest new moon of the year. (Leo, not visible.)
06:55 UT – Partial solar eclipse. (Details will vary by location. Leo. See above and visit NASA’s eclipse site for more information.)
The open star cluster M52 culminates at midnight tonight. (Magnitude 5.0. Cassiopeia, all night.)
Events in bold involve objects and/or events that are visible with the naked eye.
All times are in Universal Time (UTC). To convert the time to your timezone, click here.
Astronomical events taken from 2015: An Astronomical Year, available in Kindle and paperback formats from Amazon in the US, Canada and the United Kingdom. Sky simulations created using the Mobile Observatory app for Android devices.
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