Lunar Eclipse Watch

27th/28th Sept 2015

The Moon


2am Monday morning September 28th !

Please email your best shots (or written description of what you saw) to:
and we'll include them in a special 'Irish Eclipse issue' of Ireland's only popular astronomy magazine "Astronomy Ireland"
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Astronomy Ireland is setting up the most powerful telescopes in Ireland, to show members of the general public the Moon in addition to lots of other night sky objects.

The event will take place at 2am Monday morning September 28th . The event is open to the general public and this will be your chance to see the most amazing object you will ever see! This event will take place at our HQ (Map and Address) on September 28th regardless of weather!

There will be loads of free posters, back issues of the magazine and refreshments on the night! To find out more about the event call us on 086 06 46 555 or email

Make sure and get along, this is your go to event! And it is sure to be a great night!

Booking is not necessary, just come along on the night, regardless of the weather!

If cloudy a telescope exhibition and workshop will be held demonstrating how to use  telescopes and all the free posters will still be available and a short talk will be given so it will be well worth coming along to visit the world's most popular astronomy society.

Click on image below to enlarge

Read our report from October moon watch see here


WOW!!! Check out this stunning 576 Megapixel image of the Moon!

Flyby of the Moon by the Japanese spacecraft Kaguya

Images from a recent Moonwatch (Click to enlarge)

Eamonn O'Fearchain with his 9.25-inch telescope getting ready to view the Moon.
8-inch (Andrew Langton), 4-inch (Tony Gannon), and 11-inch telescopes, ready for Moon watching.
Declan Fox with his 11-inch telescope, the largest in use on the night.
Ann Dunne (production editor of our magazine) with a prospective young member and lots of our magazines. Not shown is the huge selection of free posters that everyone who came to the Moon Watch got to take home.
There are more Moon Watches planned and will be announced on friends mailing list so be sure to sign up


From Wikipedia (paraphrased):

The Moon is Earth's only natural satellite and the fifth largest satellite in the Solar System. It is in synchronous rotation with Earth, always showing the same face; the near side is marked with dark volcanic maria among the bright ancient crustal highlands and prominent impact craters. It is the brightest object in the sky after the Sun, although its surface is actually very dark, with a similar reflectance to coal. Its prominence in the sky and its regular cycle of phases have since ancient times made the Moon an important cultural influence on language, the calendar, art and mythology. The Moon's gravitational influence produces the ocean tides and the minute lengthening of the day. The Moon appears almost the same size in the sky as the Sun, allowing it to cover the Sun nearly precisely in total solar eclipses.

The Moon is the only celestial body on which humans have landed. While the Soviet Union's Luna programme was the first to reach the Moon with unmanned spacecraft in 1959, the United States' NASA Apollo program achieved the only manned missions to date, beginning with the first manned lunar orbiting mission by Apollo 8 in 1968, and six manned lunar landings between 1969 and 1972—the first being Apollo 11 in 1969.

After the Apollo 17 mission in 1972, the Moon has been visited only by unmanned spacecraft, notably by Soviet Lunokhod rovers. Since 2004, Japan, China, India, the United States, and the European Space Agency have each sent lunar orbiters. These spacecraft have contributed to confirming the discovery of lunar water ice in permanently shadowed craters at the poles and bound into the lunar regolith. The Moon remains, under the Outer Space Treaty, free to all nations to explore for peaceful purposes.



Click HERE to see a list of other exciting Astronomy Ireland Events coming soon.