Visibility IV / V
The lunar eclipse in January reached us, like a stealth. Sure, we had taken that into account in Altair’s annual plan, but the short break at the turn of the year and the start of the new year in the association’s work took a toll and we began to prepare to follow the eclipse with only a week’s notice. Admittedly, that was enough, as most already had experiences of previous eclipses. However, pessimism was very prevalent in relation to the weather, and even a day earlier there was even snowfall in the forecasts. But the opposite happened and the eclipse was visible from an almost clear sky. A little extra joy came from the knowledge that there was no such good luck everywhere. We had so many times been the ones with whom the clouds had covered at any time any phenomenon.
We agreed on a joint observation point of the membership in Tervanokka, Järvenpää, where the beach is located in the summer, or it was still there, but very icy. There were two good sides to the site, firstly it was located on the eastern shore of Lake Tuusulanjärvi and secondly due to the beach and boat whitening the car got right to the shore. T. Veikkolainen's car became a great place to warm up in a 17-degree frost. Four members of the association were eventually watching the eclipse, but according to a WhatsApp message, several also made their observations from home.
So the eclipse itself was well visible and we described it as the saturation of our hearts. Fortunately, we also managed to watch the eclipse without cameras and binoculars, because best and finer it was visible to the naked eye. With the naked eye, we also judged Danjon’s chapter, from which we got slightly pessimistic ratings from each other and I ended up with chapter two, “Moon Dark Red or Rusty Brown”.
For our part, the detection of the eclipse ended before the end of the partial phase, with a faint cloud board flying in front of the Moon and making it difficult to perceive the edge of the shadow. The cup was hot and the bag rolled over the observations did good and despite the numb toes the mind was happy. It felt good to see this eclipse when the next perfect one is a few years away and some would be becoming a moderate forge.