Observing is the Heart of
Amateur Astronomy

The American Association of
 Amateur Astronomers

Serving the Amateur Astronomy Community
Since 1996

The AAAA Online Store

Home ] Up ] Explore AAAA ] Table of Contents ] Site Index ] Welcome to the AAAA ] Astronomy Links ] AAAA News Page ] AL Observing Programs ] C.L.A.S.S. ] Light Pollution ] FAQ Index ] News and Activities ] AAAA Observing Reports ] AAAA Partnerships ] AAAA  Newlsetter ] Constellation Home Page ] Solar System Data Page ] History of Astronomy ] SWRAL ] Astronomical League ] Search AAAA ]


Search AAAA

The AAAA Universe
Start Here

The AAAA Online Store

Join the AAAA

Control Center
Site Table of Contents

AAAA Members
  Reports and Activities

Frequently Asked Questions

to Astronomy Sites

Fight Light Pollution
Be Part of the Solution

Observing Programs
from the  Astronomical League 

News from the AAAA
Press Releases and News Updates

Overview of Astronomy
A Concise Guide to the Universe

The Solar System
Planetary Data Page

The Constellation 
Home Page
Data, Myths and Background
Arp Peculiar Galaxies
A CCD Image Gallery
The American Astronomer 
The AAAA  Newsletter Online
Members of the AAAA Team

The American Association of Amateur Astronomers 
AAAA Mission Statement

AL Observing Programs in PDF Format
AL Observing Programs in Adobe Acrobat PDF Format

Join the AAAA's FREE Online Discussion Group, Hosted by Yahoo's eGroups Service

P.O. Box 7981
Dallas, TX 75209-0981



Learn the Constellations
The First Light Astronomy Kit from David Chandler Company
Buy it Now or
Find Out More

AAAA News and Activities - 2004

Total Lunar Eclipse - October 27-28, 2004

Total Lunar Eclipse - October 27-28, 2004
Transit of Venus

Mars Hoax
Star Parties
Member Activities
Observing Awards
Messier Marathon
Leonid Meteor Shower

2004 October 28
Total Lunar Eclipse
Contact Times

Penumbral Phase Begins: 0:05:35 UT
Partial Eclipse Begins: 1:14:25 UT
Total Eclipse Begins: 2:23:28 UT
Greatest Eclipse: 3:04:43 UT
Total Eclipse Ends: 3:44:43 UT
Partial Eclipse Ends: 4:53:44 UT
Penumbral Phase Ends: 6:02:44 UT

US observers from the east coast to the foot of the Rockies will be able to view the entire eclipse. For observers in the Eastern Time Zone, the penumbral, partial, and total phases begin at 8:09 pm, 9:14 pm, and 10:23 pm respectively, on the evening of October 27. Totality will last approximately 1 hour 21 minutes.

Observers in western states will be able to view the complete totality, but the penumbral phase of the eclipse will already be in progress at moonrise.
Note that this eclipse takes place during the evening of October 27 for Western Hemisphere observers, although, according to Universal Time, the eclipse officially takes place on October 28.

Total Lunar Eclipse Photography Contest
October 27-28, 2004

Submit your photograph via e-mail as an attached JPG file or GIF file no larger than 400x600 pixels to our e-mail address at a4@corvus.com.

Click on image to enlarge

On the evening of October 27, 2004, and lasting past midnight into the morning of October 28, astronomers in North America will be able to observe a striking total eclipse of the moon.

About Lunar Eclipses

Lunar eclipses occur when the full moon passes through the Earth's shadow. Usually the full moon passes either north or south of the Earth's shadow in its monthly orbit around the Earth, and no eclipse occurs. When the moon skims the Earth's shadow, a partial lunar eclipse occurs. But on October 27-28, the moon will pass completely into the shadow of the Earth, producing a striking Total Lunar Eclipse.

Observers with telescopes and binoculars can watch as the edge of the Earth's shadow crosses individual craters on the surface of the moon.

A lunar eclipse throws an eerie reddish color across the face of the moon. Earth's atmosphere acts like a prism, bending a little sunlight into the shadow and giving it a copper tint. In essence, what falls on the eclipsed moon is the light of all the sunsets and sunrises on Earth.

Photograph the Eclipse

If you wish to photograph this eclipse, mount your 35-mm camera on a tripod and take scenic views with a red colored moon as part of your composition. Exposure times on ISO 200 film should be 1/60 second for partial phases at f/8, and 2 seconds at f/4 for the total phases. You may also photograph the eclipse through your telescope. Exposure times will depend on the exact setup of your equipment. Digital cameras allow even greater flexibility for photographing the eclipse.

Eclipse Photo Contest

The American Association of Amateur Astronomers is looking for the best photograph of the Lunar Eclipse of October 27-28, 2004. The photograph may be either color or black and white. You do not need to be a member of the AAAA to enter.

Entry by Jose C. Borrero, January 20, 2000 Lunar Eclipse

Submit your photograph via e-mail as an attached JPG file or GIF file no larger than 400x600 pixels to our e-mail address at a4@corvus.com.   Or you may send a regular print to be scanned to our postal address: AAAA, P.O. Box 7981, Dallas, TX 75209-0981. Be sure to include your name, telephone number, address, and email address along with your entry. Please, only one entry per person. 

All entries must be received no later than November 26th, 2004. All entries will be judged by the board of the American Association of Amateur Astronomers. The winning entry will be selected by December 1,  2004, the winner will be notified, and the winning entry will be posted on the Internet.

Rights to all photographs will remain the property of their original owners, even though by submitting an entry you grant full permission to the American Association of Amateur Astronomers to display it on our website at www.astromax.org and to print it in our newsletter, The American Astronomer. 

The person whose photograph is selected as the winning entry will win a one year subscription to either Astronomy Magazine or Sky & Telescope Magazine, and a one year individual membership to the American Association of Amateur Astronomers. 

Submit your photographs to AAAA President and Webmaster Ed Flaspoehler at our e-mail address a4@corvus.com. Or send a regular print to be scanned to our postal address: AAAA, P.O. Box 7981, Dallas, TX 75209-0981.

Ed Flaspoehler, President
American Association of Amateur Astronomers

Links to Lunar Eclipse Web Pages

The following web pages may be of interest to help you find out more about the Lunar Eclipse.

Hit Counter

Tell Your Friends
the Benefits of Joining 
the American Association of Amateur Astronomers!

Observing Awards. Quarterly Newsletter. Astronomy News and Special Publications.

Full Membership in the Astronomical League. Club Discounts on Astronomical Publications.

Join the American Association
of Amateur Astronomers.

Use your credit card or send your name and address along with your check for $20.00 ($25.00 family) made payable to AAAA, to:

P.O. Box 7981
Dallas, TX 75209-0981

P.O. Box 7981, Dallas, TX 75209-0981

Formerly Corvus.com

Hit Counter
Counter reset October 2005

Copyright 1996-2016 by The American Association of Amateur Astronomers - ALL RIGHTS RESERVED