The inhabitants of some regions of Russia saw a lunar Eclipse

The inhabitants of some regions of Russia saw a lunar Eclipse

MOSCOW, 8 Aug. /TASS/. A partial lunar Eclipse was observed throughout Russia. People from some regions are more fortunate: there’s hours of the Eclipse was cloudless night. TASS correspondent found out where it was arranged observation and what has been seen.

Through the Zeiss telescope

Clear weather was in Volgograd. At the local planetarium-Day observational astronomy, has collected more than 150 people of all ages. “There were no clouds, the Eclipse was perfectly visible to the naked eye but through a telescope, of course, it looks more impressive,” said Deputy Director of the Volgograd planetarium Olga deynichenko, promising to repeat the project in January next year, when we expect another Eclipse of the moon.

In the Volgograd planetarium astronomical phenomenon was observed by using produced in the GDR in 1954 Zeiss telescope that gives you a 800-fold increase. Such in Russia only two — in Moscow and Volgograd. Length of a telescope-refractor manufactured by Carl Zeiss Jena 6 meters, weight 2.5 tons.

In the skies over Orenburg

It was crowded and about Orenburg planetarium where we had a Day of popular astronomy. “Don’t even know what today caused such a stir, it is only part of the moon is closed,” — said the employee of the Orenburg planetarium Lyudmila Petrova.

Telescope with 100 times magnification was set up in the yard of the planetarium. The queues were hundreds of observers of different ages — from three to sixty years. People looked a few seconds on the moon in the eyepiece of the telescope, moved away and came back again. The redness of the moon was not expressed.

Observation evening

If the Orenburg and Volgograd was in the area of best visibility of the Eclipse during its maximum phase from 20:22 to 22:18 GMT the sky in these regions was absolutely dark, in Kaliningrad, St. Petersburg and Rybinsk observations were conducted at dawn.

“First, the mood was not very good,’ said the lecturer of the St. Petersburg planetarium, researcher at Main (Pulkovo) astronomical Observatory Maxim Gavrichev. Low broken clouds, illuminated by the sunset rays, and no moon. But then good luck has smiled in the gaps of the clouds appeared the Moon.” The participants of the session were able to take pictures on smartphones.