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.
Lovely photo of last night’s massive moon hovering over Blackheath, taken by twitter user @howierayner. Great explanation of the Lunar Perigee here.
It seems that there is a second crater on the moon named after a Blackheath resident. When I went searching for the pagoda a couple of days ago, I spotted another blue plaque (you’ll remember the first blue plaque posting).
There is a second up on the heath, belonging to James Clark Ross. Ross was an Arctic explorer, who is remembered for discovering Magnetic North, and a Northwest Passage through the Arctic Ocean.
So now you can look up at the moon, and think of two craters named after Blackheath residents. Or maybe in a few years time, the Loonies will look down at Earth from their tunnels under Ross and Eddington Craters, and think of their namesakes.