Lunation – The Moon – Members photograph

These photographs were taken by one of the society members Colin Henshaw who lives in Saudi Arabia.

Colin Henshaw Lumination 1094






















The sequence of images was taken every night for a month in June 2011, and was rather painful in the last week as I had to get up very early in the morning. I had tried to secure a similar sequence the previous month, and got into the final week when I had to get up early, but one morning I slept through my alarm, so it was back to square one. Still we usually get a clear night every night here, and I was successful the next month. This produced 28 successive images of the Moon. Almost impossible from the U.K. This was something I always wanted to do, and I decided to make the most of my opportunity in Saudi while it lasted as I don’t know how long I will remain here. Also included in the sequence are two images of the evening and early morning earthshine, plus my image of the total eclipse from Bangladesh in 2009, to represent the instant of New Moon. Earthshine is actually quite fascinating, and one thing I would like to do is take video images of the Moon at this time to try and record meteorite strikes. The Moon is quite a large target, so it must get hit several times a night, and probably more often during meteor showers. These strikes have been recorded in the past.

Colin Henshaw


Kingdom of Saudi Arabia

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