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  • Partial solar and total lunar eclipse in 2015
In 2015 a partial solar eclipse on the morning of September 13 and a total lunar eclipse on September 28 could be observed in Namibia.

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The partial solar eclipse on September 13 should begin at sunrise. Unfortunately, like on many days in July, August and September 2015, the morning starts very hazy at Onjala Lodge. In practice the Sun was not visible at this time and the entire eclipse could not be documented. Nevertheless some beautiful images could be taken.

A Canon PowerShot SX 60 digital camera with a huge optical zoom range from 21 to 1200 mm (full frame equivalent) was used. Unfortunately, the height axis of the photo tripod was not clamped at the beginning. This results in a broken glass solar filter and the images were taken through Baader Astro Solar film.

All images can be enlarged by clicking.

Broken ! Canon PowerShot SX 60
with Baader film
 Short after sunrise.    
End oft he eclipse    

The total lunar eclipse on the morning of September 28, 2015

This eclipse was announced as a super blood lunar eclipse in the Namibian press. Blood because of the expected reddish color of the eclipsed Moon and super due to the very low distance to Earth of just 352,000 km.

The day before the eclipse did not look good. In the evening there were the first raindrops of the starting Namibian rainy season and even at midnight there was a nearly complete cloud cover. At noon it was almost unbearably hot. About 1 o'clock in the morning the clouds began to disappear, and a short time before the beginning of the partial phase of the sky cleared up.

« Image © 2015 by Peter Pack: Short before the end of the eclipse. The Moon is just above the horizon next to a mighty camel thorn tree - all pictures can be enlarged by clicking on it.
Midday temperature First drops of rain Moonrise Moonrise
Around midnight Full moon against midnight At 1 am
The following images of the lunar eclipse were taken in the focus of the Zeiss APQ refractor of Onjala Observatory. A Canon EOS 60Da (200 ASA) was used. The observing time at the telescope was shared with Peter Pack and two German trainees of the Lodge who arrived the day before.

The entry of the Moon in the Earth's shadow was impressive. The milky way appeared more and more and during the totality it shows in all ist splendour. It was quite comparable to a total solar eclipse at the moment of the onset of totality.

« Full moon, taken about 30 minutes before the beginning of the partial phase. All images can be enlarged by clicking on it.

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