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Just partial lunar eclipse of May 16th 2022

Partial lunar eclipse moonset behond Tatras, Jaslo, Subcarpathia Poland

Pic. 4 Partially eclipsed moonset at 4:40 local time behind Tatra mountains located about 115km away.

I had a good occasion to watch just a partial lunar eclipse from southeastern Poland  – my homeland, this time. The event, although very short, will be remembered probably forever. Before I will get to this point, I must start from the beginning and describe the overall total lunar eclipse of May 16th, 2022 circumstances (Pic. 1).

Total lunar eclipse 16.05.2022

Pic. 1 Total lunar eclipse of May 16, 2022 circumstances (Eclipse.gsfc.nasa.gov).

The lunar totality could be observed mainly in South America, where the Moon, located in the Libra constellation was admittedly quite close to the center of the Milky Way (Pic. 2).

Total lunar eclipse Atacama May 2022

Pic. 2 Fully eclipsed Moon was observed quite nearby to the center of the Milky Way Galaxy from San Pedro de Atacama in Chile (Petr Horalek/Petr Horalek Photography).

The lunar eclipse visibility conditions were also quite well in most of North America and the westernmost part of Africa. In western Europe, the greatest phase occurred mostly at moonset. Central Europe was deprived of the total phase, so just partial eclipse was the greatest observed, which magnitude depended on the certain location of the observer.
In southeastern Poland, the biggest magnitude was about 0.25 – 0.3 roughly at moonset (Pic. 3).

Partial lunar eclipse Jaslo

Pic. 3 The maximum magnitude of the partial lunar eclipse of May 16th, 2022 visible near Jaslo (Subcarpathia, Poland) grabbed from TimeandDate.com.

Partial lunar eclipse moonset behond Tatras, Jaslo, Subcarpathia Poland

Partial lunar eclipse moonset behond Tatras, Jaslo, Subcarpathia Poland2

Pic. 4,5 Partially eclipsed moonset at 4:40 local time behind Tatra mountains located about 115km away Exif (upper image): 440mm, 1/30s, f/6, ISO-400; (lower image): 600mm, 1/30s, f/6.3, ISO 400.

In fact, I was fortunate to witness the whole penumbral phase, but the best moment occurred at moonset, which took place beyond the Tatra Mountains backdrop located at a distance of about 115km. The eclipsed Moon is setting behind the Lomnica (Lomnický štít) and Foolish (Pyšný štít) Peaks, which build the main Tatra ridge in the High Tatras section located in Slovakia (Pic. 6).

Partial lunar eclipse Zimna Woda Moonset Jaslo

Pic. 6 The simulation of moonset from the Cold Water (Zimna Woda) village near Jaslo town in southeastern Poland at 4:40 UTC+2 on May 16th 2022 (Peakfinder.org).

Lomnica peak is the third-highest in the Tatra range and rises at 2632m.a.s.l. It’s quite recognizable because of the astronomical observatory, which stands at the highest located hotel in the Central Europe. Any observer even from a big distance can spot some smallish “dot” at the very top of this summit. When you are equipped with telephoto lenses or a telescope, this view is affordable even from about 200km!

Partial lunar eclipse moonset behond Tatras, Jaslo, Subcarpathia Poland3

Pic. 7 Partially eclipsed moonset reaches the Lomnica Peak (Lomnický štít) in the High Tatras, in which top the highest hotel in Central Europe is located. By applying a telephoto lens we can recognize it by the “dot” at the summit.

Besides the eclipsed Moonset itself, I was able to capture the contrail produced by the BCS1LP cruise from Leipzig to Sofia, which was entering the Austrian airspace at that moment. The estimated distance to that plane was about 330km (Pic. 8)  which was at an altitude of 11280m above ground.

Flightradar cruise above SLovakia

Pic. 8 The plane was captured at the eclipsed lunar disk from the Cold Water (Zimna Woda) village near Jaslo.

The moment of moonset was quite nervous not only because of a shortage of time for capturing a proper image but also due to a small group of boars, which passed my observation place just about 30m away (Pic. 16). Fortunately, I was located near the trunk road, quite often frequented by lorries in the early morning. I dread to think what could have happened if I set up just slightly further from this road!

Partial lunar eclipse moonset behond Tatras, Jaslo, Subcarpathia Poland plane captured

Pic. 9 The enlarged (cropped) view at eclipsed Moonset behind the Tatra mountains, on which disk the contrail of the BCS1LP cruise is visible.

The primary conclusion of this observation is, that I made the moment, when both no Moon and no Sun were visible, whereas the remote Tatra mountains were still not illuminated. It led me to the geometrical basis of particularly this lunar eclipse, which will be explained immediately in the text following this one.

For now, please enjoy some small galleries below.

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Pic. 10 Penumbral lunar eclipse at 3:52 UTC + 2.

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Pic. 11 Penumbral phase of lunar eclipse at 4:06 UTC + 2. Exif: 1200mm, 1/100s, f/13, ISO-100. Click to enlarge.

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Pic. 12 Penumbral phase of lunar eclipse at 4:17 UTC + 2. Exif: 1200mm, 1/80s, f/13, ISO-400. Click to enlarge.

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Pic. 13 Deep penumbral lunar eclipse at 4:22 UTC + 2.

Partial lunar eclipse moonset behond Tatras, Jaslo, Subcarpathia Poland8

Pic. 14 Partial phase of lunar eclipse at 4:30 UTC + 2. Exif: 1200mm, 1/40s, f/13, ISO-2500. Click to enlarge.

Partial lunar eclipse moonset behond Tatras, Jaslo, Subcarpathia Poland9

Pic. 15 Partial phase of lunar eclipse at 4:36 UTC + 2. Exif: 1200mm, 1/30s, f/13, ISO-1250. Click to enlarge.

Dziki Zimna Woda

Pic. 16 The group of bores, which almost disturbed the observation just 2 minutes before moonset!

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Pic. 17 Partial phase of lunar eclipse at 4:39 UTC + 2. Eclipsed Moon is “on the way” to Tatra mountains barely visible right underneath. Exif: 600mm, 1/30s, f/6.3, ISO-400. Click to enlarge.

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Pic. 18 Partially eclipsed moonset behind the Foolish Peak (Pysny Stit) on the left and Icy Peak (L’odovy Stit) on the right at 4:42 UTC + 2. Exif: 400mm, 1/30s, f/6, ISO-400. Click to enlarge.

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Pic. 19 The last moment of eclipsed moonset visibility behind the Icy Peak (L’odovy Stit) in High Tatras ridge at a distance of 116km 4:43 UTC+2. Exif: 460mm, 1/30s, f/6, ISO-400. Click to enlarge.

Tatry z Zimnej Wody o swicie

Pic. 20 View at the Tatra Mountains barely visible yet in the Earth’s shadow straight after eclipsed Moon disappearance. Exif: 460mm, 1/30s, f/6, ISO-400.

Zimna Woda k Jasla DK28

Pic. 21 View towards southwest after moonset at 4:46 UTC+2 , receeding Earth’s shadow still visible.

ZImna Woda widok na Pasmo Jazowej

Pic. 22 View in opposite direction, still no sunrise at the observation venue.

ZImna woda skret na Bierówke

Pic. 23 The Trunk Road no 28 (DK28) between Krosno and Jaslo in the Cold Water (Zimna Woda) village.

Mariusz Krukar

Links:

  1. https://earthsky.org/astronomy-essentials/total-lunar-eclipse-may16-2022/
  2. https://www.timeanddate.com/eclipse/lunar/2022-may-16
  3. Total lunar eclipse of May 16, 2022 – NASA Eclipse website
  4. Space.com: Everything you need to know about May 2022 total lunar eclipse

Wiki:

  1. May_2022_lunar_eclipse

 

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