Come and wonder at the pink moon tonight on Blackheath! From 9pm the Flamsteed amateur astronomy society will be holding a lunar eclipse picnic (wonderfully dubbed the “Eclipsnic”), at the location shown above, which isn’t a million miles away from the Blackheath Tea Hut. Anyone can come along, it’s free, but I guess warm clothes and a pair of binoculars would be a plus. It’s a great idea. More info on their site.
See the previous post about this here.
UPDATE: Map and more info in this post.
Flamsteed (the amateur astronomers club, based at Greenwich observatory) wrote:
On 15 June,from 9pm onwards,we will be having a picnic on Blackheath with @ROGAstronomers to view the lunar eclipse. All welcome. #eclipsnic
According to @TimandraHarknes The total lunar eclipse is on 15th June, and starts when the moon rises at 2112 untill late. It should be in a South-East to South direction.
NASA Techy eclipse info here (PDF).
Photo shows a non-eclipsed Supermoon over Blackheath, taken by twitter user howierayner.
Here’s a nice idea. The Greenwich Observatory has started making a series of podcasts, called On The Line. Each podcast is about an interesting part of an exhibit, or answers questions posed by visitors.
This one is a question and answer session about a board game created by Margaret Brian – a female amateur astronomer who taught at a girls school in Blackheath towards the end of the 1800s.
The quality isn’t bad – there is some nice sound design at the beginning (in mono oddly, given that the rest of the podcast is in stereo), but there are some funny sounding edits in the middle, and it could have been a bit longer… However, on the whole it is a lovely idea, and I hope they keep doing this.
The subject matter could be perfect for some amazing sounding podcasts: I want to hear the sound of The Leonids flying past me, pulsars flashing between my ears, and comets over my head, but until this happens, I won’t be removing the Planetary Radio podcast from my iPod just yet.
Photo by Flickr user Yersinia.