Total Lunar eclipse of 31st of January 2018 was totally obscured by clouds

Observed phenomena: Lunar eclipse
Type of eclipse: Total Lunar eclipse
Type of observation: Negative
Date and time: 31.01.2018, 14:50 UT
Observing place: Ulvila, Finland
Observing conditions: Totally cloudy sky during my whole observing session, 8/8
Observing instruments: Camera: Olympus µ 1030 SW

Total lunar eclipse of 31st of January 2018 was totally obscured by clouds, at least in Ulvila, Western Finland. In the morning of this day, there was still small hope of seeing at least a glimpse of the eclipse, but during the day a weather front approached from the west and the sky was totally clouded out well before the Moon had even risen above horizon. This eclipse was a total eclipse, but only the very last phases of the eclipse would have been visible here in Ulvila, if the sky had been clear enough. So this time no luck. Next lunar eclipse is happening in late July this year, and it’s also going to be a total eclipse. So my thoughts, hopes and expectations are already in the July eclipse!

 

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Lunar eclipse of 31st of January 2018 was totally obscured by clouds.
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Penumbral Lunar eclipse 10/.11.2.2017 was not visible because of clouds

Observed phenomena: Lunar eclipse
Type of eclipse: Penumbral Lunar eclipse
Type of observation: Negative
Date and time: 10./11.02.207, 22:30-01:00 UT
Observing place: Turku, Finland
Observing conditions: Totally cloudy sky during my whole observing session, 8/8
Observing instruments: Camera: Canon EOS 1100D

I was not able to observe this penumbral Lunar eclipse because of thick and persistent cloudcover that prevented me to see the eclipse. The cloudcover was a bit thinner before the beginning of the eclipse, and I was able to see the Moon through the clouds, but the clouds got thicker before the onset of the eclipse, and it was totally cloudy from the beginning of the eclipse until maximum eclipse, when I gave up observing. And I have a very good reason to assume, that it was cloudy also from the maximum eclipse to the end of the eclipse.

Here is a photo that I took for documenting purposes:

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It was totally cloudy during the maximum eclipse @ ~00:45 UT.

Lunar eclipse 27./28.9.2015 was (almost) totally obscured by clouds

Observed phenomena: Lunar eclipse
Type of eclipse: Total Lunar eclipse
Type of observation: (Almost 100%) Negative
Date and time: 27./28.9.2015, 03:00-06:30
Observing place: Turku, Finland
Observing conditions: 99% of time overcast

Unfortunately the total Lunar Eclipse in the morning of 28th of September wasn’t visible on my observing site in Turku, Finland. The sky was almost totally overcast during the course of the eclipse. Only in the time of first contact, there was gaps in the clouds and I was able to see that the eclipse has started. I was able to see some darkening in the upper left limb of the Moon. Soon after that, I was totally clouded out and I wasn’t able to see even a glimpse of the eclipse.

I have had extremely bad luck with observing total Lunar Eclipses during past few years. Last total eclipse that I have been able to observe was in 2007. The next opportunity for observing total Lunar Eclipse is in 2018. It is going to be a long waiting until then..

03:00 Stratocumulus 7/8, some gaps in clouds, Moon visible through the gaps, eclipse hasn’t yet started

03:15-04:00 Stratocumulus 8/8, Moon not visible at all

04:00-04:20 Stratocumulus 7/8, Moon visible through the gaps in clouds, the shadow of the Earth visible as slight darkening in the upper left limb of the Moon, first contact.

04:20-06:30 Stratocumulus 8/8, Moon not visible at all

The total Lunar Eclipse of 27/28.9.2015 was obsuced by clouds in Turku, Finland. Photo at 02:52UT during the total eclipse.
The total Lunar Eclipse of 27/28.9.2015 was obscured by clouds in Turku, Finland. Photo at 05:52 Finnish time during the total eclipse.

The November 2012 Lunar eclipse was obscured by clouds

Observed phenomena: Lunar eclipse
Type of eclipse: Penumbral Lunar eclipse
Type of observation: Negative
Date and time: 28.11.2012, 16:35-18:10
Observing place: Parkano, Finland
Observing conditions: Overcast, windy, cold, light snowfall

Unfortunately the penumbral Lunar eclipse of 28th of November was obscured by clouds here in southern part of Finland. The eclipse was though observed in northern Finland!

Weather here was overcast, but there were some small holes in the cloud cover, and I was able to see glimpses of the Moon when I was observing, but I couldn’t see any signs of eclipse during those small instances. It was also very cold and windy, and there was also some light snowfall.

The next celestial event is going to happen in April of 2013, this time also a Lunar eclipse! This eclipse is also going to be a penumbral eclipse, although the Moon touches the umbra during the maximum eclipse. When observed here from the horizon of Finland, the Moon will be in southern sky at low altitude during the eclipse. Also the sky will be already relatively light because of approaching summer. This might cause some difficulties at least in the higher latitudes.

The sky was overcast during the penumbral Lunar eclipse of 28th of November
The sky was overcast during the penumbral Lunar eclipse of 28th of November

Transit of Venus 6.6.2012

Observed phenomena: Transit of Venus
Type of observation: Negative
Date and time: 6.6.2012, 04:00-07:50
Observing place: Parainen, Finland
Observing conditions: Cloudy sky

The historical transit of Venus was happening behind clouds!!! Yes, the horrible truth is, that in my observing site, the sky was completely cloudy during the transit. I tried to observe the event in Stormälö, which is an island within the municipality of Parainen, in the Archipelago of Turku, Finland.

There were some holes here and there in the cloud cover, but that wasn’t simply enough that it would have been possible to see anything, so I have to make a negative observation from this one. I have to admit, that I’m disappointed, I was so prepared, and everything was so well planned and everything should have been perfect…but then Mother Nature had some different plans..well, I guess life goes on after this and there will be plenty of celestial phenomenae and events to be seen! Hopefully having better luck next time (althogh it won’t be on observing transit of Venus, but something else..)

Unvisibility report of the December total lunar eclipse

Observed phenomena: Lunar eclipse
Type of eclipse: Total
Type of observation: Negative
Date and time: 10.12.2011, 16:00
Observing place: Sodankylä, Finland
Observing conditions: Cloudy sky, snowing

Weather conditions were poor during last night’s lunar eclipse. The sky was cloudy and it was snowing at least at the time of maximum of the eclipse (around 4 pm). Later in the evening, around 10pm, the cloud cover had became slightly transparent, so that the Moon was visible, but the eclipse was already over then. But it was still snowing!

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So this means, that I wasn’t able to see any total lunar eclipses this year. Next one will be in 2015, hopefully conditions are more favourable then!

And I realized that it has also been one year anniversary for Celestial Sphere -blog! The exact date was actually 6th of December.

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!