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  • Toner Stevenson

A 'peachy' total lunar eclipse: 8 Nov 2022

Sydney City Skywatchers members brought their telescopes to Sydney Observatory to observe and share the total eclipse of the Moon on 8 November 2022.

Although a few large clouds hovered and blocked the Moon for short periods of time the sky was mainly clear. As well as the Moon we were able to view Saturn and Jupiter with over 300 Observatory visitors. There were brilliant talks by Prof Fred Watson and Dr Devika Kamath, musicians set the mood and a huge live projection of the Moon on the sandstone of Sydney Observatory which visitors could have their photos taken with - what great fun!

Many thanks to the Powerhouse Museum, especially Catherine Beehag, Geoff Wyatt, Luella Moore, Dr Andrew Jacob, the Observatory Manager and all the visitor services staff who welcomed our volunteer group and organised the event. Thanks also to our Secretary, Elizabeth Cocking, for her organisation and the members who brought their telescopes or use the society telescopes.

Here are some photographs from the evening - look for Uranus (a blue spot) in the photographs of the fully eclipsed Moon.

Livestream projection of the Moon, photo: T. Stevenson

Prof Fred Watson talk, photo: L. Szohyta

Harbour bridge and eclipsed Moon, photo: T.Stevenson

Eclipsed Moon with Uranus, photo: A. Cairns


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