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Total Lunar eclipse

March 3, 2007

The total Lunar eclipse of March 3, 2007 was ideally placed. The eclipse occured around midnight with the Moon high in the sky in the constelation Leo.
Numerous Team members observed the eclipse, three of them also estimated the Moon brightness during the eclipse. Jure Atanackov observed from the coastal region of Slovenia, using 11x70 binoculars. Javor Kac and Teo Mocnik observed from Maribor, using 7x50 and 10x50 binoculars, respectively. Jure Zakrajsek covered the eclipse with photographs through 15-cm refractor. About 500 people were shown the eclipsed Moon through numerous telescopes that were present at the public observation in Maribor, the second-largest city of Slovenia.
We estimated the Moon at mid-eclipse at L=2 on Danjon scale. The Moon brightness at maximum eclipse was -1m3, thus being the darkest observed eclipse by the Team since 2001.


Totally eclipsed Moon, shot from Maribor at 23:32 UT. Four-second exposure with 15-cm f/8 TMB refractor and Nikon D70 camera at ISO 800. Photo: Jure Zakrajsek and Javor Kac.


Moon brightness during March 3, 2007 total eclipse.

Circumstances of the Eclipse

Moon enters penumbra: 2007 Mar 03  20:16:23 
Moon enters umbra:    2007 Mar 03  21:29:58 
Start of totality:    2007 Mar 03  22:43:44 
Maximum eclipse:      2007 Mar 03  23:20:50 
End of totality:      2007 Mar 03  23:57:55 
Moon leaves umbra:    2007 Mar 04  01:11:40 
Moon leaves penumbra: 2007 Mar 04  02:25:21 

Umbral magnitude: 1.134

Duration of total phase: 0h 52m 42s

The text, figures and photos on this page are © 2007 by MBK Team.

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Photos below were shot by Jure Zakrajsek and Javor Kac 15-cm f/8 TMB refractor and Nikon D70 camera:


20:29 UT, 1/800 s @ ISO 200


21:23 UT, 1/320 s @ ISO 200


21:42 UT, 1/500 s @ ISO 200


22:11 UT, 1/250 s @ ISO 200


22:33 UT, 1/30 s @ ISO 200


22:54 UT, 4 s @ ISO 800


23:23 UT, 4 s @ ISO 800


23:32 UT, 4 s @ ISO 800


23:34 UT, 4 s @ ISO 800


00:03 UT, 1/2 s @ ISO 800


00:32 UT, 1/125 s @ ISO 400


00:33 UT, 1/25 s @ ISO 400


Photo below was shot by Samo Trotosek with 15-cm f/8 TMB refractor Nikon D80 camera at ISO 800:

22:56 UT, 4 s