Lunar Observing Schedule for: Spain - Madrid



Produced by the Department of Physics at Aberystwyth University, UK
Ill is percentage illumination of the Moon


2017-Feb-01 UT 18:03-20:37 Ill=24% Earthshine: (radio) Capricornids/Saggitarids: ZHR=medium

     These can only be observed using low-light level cameras running at 25 frames per sec,
     or faster, and capable of recording 9th or 10th magnitude stars in real time.
     Dates/UTs of observing runs, or detections of impacts, should be emailed to:
     ALPO - email: c u d n i k @ s b c g l o b a l . n e t
     BAA - email: a t c @ a b e r . a c . u k
     UAI - email: a m . 5 4 8 5 2 @ g m a i l . c o m


2017-Feb-02 UT 18:04-21:44 Ill=35% Earthshine: (radio) Capricornids/Saggitarids: ZHR=medium

     These can only be observed using low-light level cameras running at 25 frames per sec,
     or faster, and capable of recording 9th or 10th magnitude stars in real time.
     Dates/UTs of observing runs, or detections of impacts, should be emailed to:
     ALPO - email: c u d n i k @ s b c g l o b a l . n e t
     BAA - email: a t c @ a b e r . a c . u k
     UAI - email: a m . 5 4 8 5 2 @ g m a i l . c o m


2017-Feb-03 UT 18:05-22:51 Ill=47% Earthshine: sporadic meteors

     These can only be observed using low-light level cameras running at 25 frames per sec,
     or faster, and capable of recording 9th or 10th magnitude stars in real time.
     Dates/UTs of observing runs, or detections of impacts, should be emailed to:
     ALPO - email: c u d n i k @ s b c g l o b a l . n e t
     BAA - email: a t c @ a b e r . a c . u k
     UAI - email: a m . 5 4 8 5 2 @ g m a i l . c o m


2017-Feb-05 UT 19:22-20:21 Ill=68% Copernicus

     BAA Request: On 2012 Sep 24 E. Horner noticed a very strong red 
     colour around part of the sunlit inner rim of Copernicus, 
     sometimes a 1/4 and sometimes 1/2 around the interior. Quite 
     likely this was some form of atmospheric spectral dispersion - 
     though the observer checked for similar effects on other craters 
     but saw none. But to be sure we would like to obtain some colour 
     images or visual observations of this crater. The minimum sized 
     telescope to be used would ideally a 6" reflector. Low elevation 
     angles for the Moon are ideal as we want to try to replicate 
     this effect if it is indeed due to atmospheric spectral 
     dispersion. Please send any high resolution images, detailed 
     sketches, or visual descriptions 
     to: a t c @ a b e r . a c. u k .


2017-Feb-05 UT 21:34-23:31 Ill=69% Cichus

     BAA Request: Following an article by Nigel Longshaw in the 
     Journal of the British Astronomical Association in 2015 June 
     (p154-157), we would like to encourage sketches and images of 
     the Cichus-Weiss region of the Moon. At this particular 
     illumination you may be able to see (depending upon libration) a 
     "curved thread of light" effect extending into the night side of 
     the Moon, just north of Cichus. The effect was originally 
     detailed by Thomas Elger in a sketch from 1888. We would very 
     much like to know the duration of this effect. Ideally suited 
     for scopes of aperture 4" or larger. Please send any observation 
     you make to: 
     n i g e l @ a j c o c k e r a s s o c i a t e s . c o . u k


2017-Feb-07 UT 22:52-23:49 Ill=88% Aristarchus

     ALPO Request: On 2013 Apr 22 Paul Zellor noticed that the two 
     closely spaced NW dark bands in Aristarchus had some (non-blue) 
     color to them. Can we confirm his observation of natural colour 
     here? Ideally you should be using a telescope of 10" aperture, or 
     larger. Please send any high resolution color images, detailed 
     sketches, or visual descriptions to: a t c @ a b e r . a c. u k .


2017-Feb-08 UT 22:54-00:04 Ill=95% Aristarchus

     ALPO Request: Take a look at the bright area on the crater 
     floor, and the bright east facing part of the western rim, in 
     red and blue light e.g. Wratten 25 and 38A. Do these look 
     brighter to you in red or blue light? If you have these filters, 
     is it the fact that the Wratten 38A filter, being denser, makes 
     these areas brighter in one filter than in the other? Test them 
     out on other features. Any visual descriptions, sketches or 
     colour images should be emailed to: 
     t o n y . c o o k @ a l p o - a s t r o n o m y . o r g


2017-Feb-11 UT 01:38-02:06 Ill=100% Copernicus

     ALPO Request: Can you see a darkening on the northen floor of 
     this crater? All visual reports, sketches or color images should 
     be emailed to: 
     t o n y . c o o k @ a l p o - a s t r o n o m y . o r g


2017-Feb-19 UT 03:38-06:37 Ill=46% Earthshine: sporadic meteors

     These can only be observed using low-light level cameras running at 25 frames per sec,
     or faster, and capable of recording 9th or 10th magnitude stars in real time.
     Dates/UTs of observing runs, or detections of impacts, should be emailed to:
     ALPO - email: c u d n i k @ s b c g l o b a l . n e t
     BAA - email: a t c @ a b e r . a c . u k
     UAI - email: a m . 5 4 8 5 2 @ g m a i l . c o m


2017-Feb-20 UT 04:37-06:35 Ill=36% Earthshine: sporadic meteors

     These can only be observed using low-light level cameras running at 25 frames per sec,
     or faster, and capable of recording 9th or 10th magnitude stars in real time.
     Dates/UTs of observing runs, or detections of impacts, should be emailed to:
     ALPO - email: c u d n i k @ s b c g l o b a l . n e t
     BAA - email: a t c @ a b e r . a c . u k
     UAI - email: a m . 5 4 8 5 2 @ g m a i l . c o m


2017-Feb-21 UT 05:32-06:34 Ill=27% Earthshine: sporadic meteors

     These can only be observed using low-light level cameras running at 25 frames per sec,
     or faster, and capable of recording 9th or 10th magnitude stars in real time.
     Dates/UTs of observing runs, or detections of impacts, should be emailed to:
     ALPO - email: c u d n i k @ s b c g l o b a l . n e t
     BAA - email: a t c @ a b e r . a c . u k
     UAI - email: a m . 5 4 8 5 2 @ g m a i l . c o m


2017-Feb-22 UT 06:22-06:33 Ill=19% Earthshine: sporadic meteors

     These can only be observed using low-light level cameras running at 25 frames per sec,
     or faster, and capable of recording 9th or 10th magnitude stars in real time.
     Dates/UTs of observing runs, or detections of impacts, should be emailed to:
     ALPO - email: c u d n i k @ s b c g l o b a l . n e t
     BAA - email: a t c @ a b e r . a c . u k
     UAI - email: a m . 5 4 8 5 2 @ g m a i l . c o m