Unvisibility report of the total summer lunar eclipse

Observed phenomena: Lunar eclipse
Type of eclipse: Total
Type of observation: Negative
Date and time: 14./16.6.2011, 01:00-01:15
Observing place: Ruka, Kuusamo, Finland
Observing conditions: Mostly clear sky, some high clouds/haze in the horizon, Moon propably below horizon

Last night 15/16.6.2011 happened a total lunar eclipse, that was historically long, it’s duration was about 100 minutes! That eclips was visible in most places of the Globe, but unfortunately Northern America and the Arctic regions were out of the visibility range of this eclipse. I tried to see at least a glimps of Moon in Earth’s shadow from Kuusamo, NE Finland, slightly south of the Arctic circle. My observing place was Ruka fell, whose peak is 500 m above the sea surfice level. Ruka is the highest peak of the Koillismaa region, but still, I wasn’t able to see the Moon.

I had estimated with Skymap that the Moon should have been visible for a short moment just above horizon. But still, it wasn’t visible. There were some clouds in the horizon in almost all directions. So it might be so, that Moon might have been behind the clouds – or it also might have been below the horizon. So this time I cannot do anything else but an negative observation of this phenomenon.

View from Ruka hill

Anyway, the view from the top of Ruka was amazing! This picture has been taken to north, the direction of the Midnight Sun, where our Daystar was at very low altitude obscured by clouds!


Midnight sun eclipse was seen in Northern Finland

Observed phenomena: Solar eclipse
Type of eclipse: Partial, 59%
Type of observation: Positive
Date and time: 1.6.2011, 22:30-23:50
Observing place: Utsjoki, Finland
Observing method: Photography, digiscoping
Technical information about photographing equipment: Camera: Olympus mu 1030 SW, astrosolar filter, L102/1000mm -telescope
Observing conditions: Clear sky

The rare eclipse of the midnight sun was seen 1.-2.6.2011 in many places of Northern Scandinavia, including Utsjoki, Finland. Me and 25  other eclipse enthusiasts were lucky to see the eclipse in the top of the Ailigastunturi fell, Utsjoki, Finland.

I’m not a photgrapher, but I tried to take some photos just through the ocular. I was using my 102/1000mm lens scope, Astrosolar filter and Olympus Mu 1030 SW digital camera.

The eclipse was partial, in the total phase 59% of the Sun was behind the Moon. The weather was favourable during the whole event, sky was clear, although it was slightly chilly. But the coldness wasn’t a problem because the there were a camp fire in the top of the fell where one could grill sausages and drink coffee offered by the village association of Utsjoki! All in all, this eclipse was memorable and fascinating event, which won’t happen again until 2015 here in Finland. Thanks for all those wonderful people who were there with us to share and witness that amazing natural phenomenon!