PicturePartial solar eclipse of 20th March, 2015. Russell King
Here in the East Midlands, we have had mixed reviews on the weather. Some people had a completely clear event except for the last few minutes. Others report reasonable conditions, although the clouds did their best to interrupt the proceedings. However, thanks to long exposure photography, the series of images you see to the left was captured though cloud.

As we approached maximum, the light levels visibly dropped making the clouds look dark and threatening, as if a storm was brewing. Unlike a total eclipse, there was no effect on the wildlife nor were there multiple shadows.

PictureSolar eclipse maximum, Neil Cuthbertson
This clear, crisp image of the solar eclipse, at maximum, was taken from Nottinghamshire at 08:30 on 20th March, 2015. A white light filter was used on a small refractor to make it safe to look through.  The same filter also causes the background sky to appear black.

The event was a fantastic spectacle that was enjoyed by many. The next partial solar eclipse visible from the UK is  11th august, 2018.  However, you wont have to wait too long for the next lunar eclipse that is visible from the UK on 28th September, 2015. 

Eclipse Sequence. Mark Thomas
PictureJupiter seen at low magnification.
On a partially clouded night, deep in the grounds of Elvaston Castle, astronomers set up telescopes to show the wonders of the night sky to the public. Jupiter and the Pleiades were just some of the celestial objects on show. A good selection of telescopes and astronomers were on hand to give guidance on how to observe the night sky and advice on telescope equipment. Other societies were also on hand during the event giving talks and showing slides on other celestial wonders. 

PictureJupiter as it appears at high magnification.
Neil Cuthbertson, the public relations officer, said  "This is the second event held at Elvaston Castle which the society has taken part in. There has been enormous interest from the public about astronomy in recent years and it's been great to team up with Elvaston to deliver this event. There was a good range of questions asked and much interest in the equipment we had brought along. We hope we will be back next year with more telescopes and talks so please keep an eye on the society website and we will let you know when". 


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    March 2015