Astronomical Observing at Fishcreek
Sunday 9/27/2015
this page last updated: Sunday 9/27/2015 at 5:00 PM

his is where this observing event will take place if weather conditions allow:

Fishcreek Elementary School
(large open field behind the back parking lot)
5080 Fishcreek Rd
Stow, Ohio  4422
Click here for map and directions

Status updated on Sunday 9/27/2015 at 5:00 PM EDT: We're currently monitoring weather conditions...

The sky conditions leave a whole lot to be desired, but as long
as it's not raining, we'll be in the field waiting for the clouds to
hopefully clear.  Equipment will be small compared to what
we normally set up, but we have to plan on an early exit in
case rain begins.  We'll be on the field by 7:45 PM.

Come out and say "Hi!" even though the weather hasn't cooperated.

Event report:

We had a tremendous turnout, especially given the threatening sky
conditions.  We were fortunate that the relatively brief periods of
rain that we had weren't enough to discourage the folks that took
their time to come out and see the eclipse.  Did we see it?  We got
brief looks through thinner clouds - at least enough to keep observers
interested.  At 9:10 PM, we could see the Moon entering the Earth's
umbra shadow, but by 10:00 PM the clouds and general overcast
overtook the eclipsed Moon completely.  The show was over.

Tonight we'll have the opportunity to observe a Rare "Super Moon" Total Lunar Eclipse!
The last time this happened was more than 33 years ago on July 6, 1982
and the next one is 18 years from now on April 14, 2033.
This total lunar eclipse has even more going for it that makes it special...

It's the final of four total lunar eclipse in a row of the current tetrad making it
even more rare.  Skies are currently predicted to be clear for next Sunday
so let's hope that the conditions remain perfect for us!

This page will be updated prior to the event with current weather conditions.
DRESS WARMLY!  It's probably going to get a little chilly.

How the moon will appear just after 10pm
as totality is about to begin

Sunset:     7:17 pm (EDT)
Civil Twilight:     7:42 pm (EDT)
Nautical Twilight:     8:14 pm (EDT)
Astronomical Twilight:     8:47 pm (EDT)
Moon phase:   100% (Full Moon)
Moonrise:     7:03 pm (EDT) - Sep 27
Penumbra entered:     8:10 pm (EDT)
Umbra entered:     9:07 pm (EDT)
Moon at Perigee:     9:48 pm (EDT)
Totality begins:   10:11 pm (EDT)
Mid-Eclipse:   10:47 pm (EDT)
Totality ends:   11:24 pm (EDT)
Umbra left :   12:27 am (EDT) - Sep 28
Moon transit:     1:22 am (EDT)
Penumbra left:     1:24 am (EDT)
Moonset:     7:51 am (EDT)

Times shown are in UT (Universal Time) and are
4 hours ahead of EDT (Eastern Daylight Time)

This will be a rare "Super Moon" Total Lunar Eclipse!
(A total lunar eclipse when the Moon is at Perigee in its orbit)

The last time a "Super Moon" was totally eclipsed was
more than 33 years ago -
on July 6, 1982

The next time a "Super Moon"
will be totally eclipsed
will be 18 years from now -
on April 14, 2033.

And we won't be able
to see it since it occurs
during daylight hours,
and therefore, on the
other side of the Earth!

Solar System objects rise/transit/set times from the Fishcreek observing location on this date...

New feature: The "T" on each object's line in the chart above indicates the time of transit in addition to the rise and set times for the object.

Visible satellite passes from the Fishcreek Observing Site tonight:


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Iridium Flares:

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Live AccuWeather Satellite Mosaic

Jet Stream (updates automatically to latest available image)
    The Jet Stream affects astronomical "seeing" (steadiness of the air)
    If we're in a gray area, seeing will not be as good as in a white area.
    If we're in a white area, the shorter the arrows, the better.


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