AL SADEEM ASTRONOMY OPEN HOUSE: JULY 2018 TOTAL LUNAR ECLIPSE AND MARS OPPOSITION

AL SADEEM ASTRONOMY OPEN HOUSE: JULY 2018 TOTAL LUNAR ECLIPSE AND MARS OPPOSITION

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Under the patronage of the UAE Space Agency, Al Sadeem Astronomy (ASA) conducted an open house public observation of the longest total lunar eclipse of the century held at Al Sadeem Observatory, Al Wathba, Abu Dhabi from July 27, 2018, 8 PM and ended at around 3 AM July 28, 2018. It was one of the 5 public observation stations in the Emirates designated by the space agency for this celestial event.

About 400 people came to the observatory to witness the celestial event. The weather condition was mostly clear with some passing cirrus and stratus clouds in the latter part. The team informed the guests all about the celestial event and entertained their curious questions during the public astronomical observation.

The telescopes used for public viewing were Celestron 8” SCT, Meade LX90 SCT, Skywatcher 120MM refractor. Everyone had a glimpse of the total lunar eclipse, planets Mars at its brightest (opposition), Jupiter, Venus, and Saturn. Everyone patiently waited and enjoyed seeing the eclipse from start to finish.

For the first time ever, ASA brought an exclusive live stream of the total lunar eclipse on its official Youtube channel. A spectacular sequence of the total lunar eclipse through the observatory main 16” SCT and 4.5” refractor telescope was broadcasted worldwide in coordination with Abu Dhabi TV and NASA TV.

The moon turned into dark “blood” red color for 1 hour and 43 minutes from 11:30 PM, July 27, 2018, up to 1:13 AM, July 28, 2018.

It was truly a successful, wonderful and unforgettable night. We express our warm appreciation and thanksgiving to everyone who became part of this historic celestial event. It was so fulfilling to bring everyone together appreciating the beauty of the night sky and making astronomy accessible to the public. Feel free to follow us on our social media pages (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Youtube) for more upcoming astronomy activities. Clear skies!

Here are the highlights of the said event:

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