*** Update Sept 25*** Trying to find a place to meet on a Friday evening where a good number of people could gather in time for this is not easy. Because of that I have changed it to a "Photo Op" so the greatest number of people could participate. This means there will not be a set place to meet. Find a place, grab your camera and tripod and shoot the moon! Once you have some nice images post them here!
For those who have never shot the moon before here is a good starting point: ISO 100, f11, 1/125sec. Using your longest focal length lens mounted on a tripod for maximum stability. If you have a VR lens remember to turn the VR off, it causes vibration that will blur your images when on a tripod. That should get everyone in the ballpark! I look forward to seeing some great moon shots!
What is a Penumbral Eclipse you might ask? Well looking on the inter webs and at the link below it looks to me like a shadow will be on the moon. I sure there is a more technical explanation (ok you can look it up!) but that works for me. Lets just say that part of the full moon wont be as bright as it usually is.
I'm not shure where to meet for this so I'll be looking for a location. Mark you calendar anyway! Sorry this a Friday night but the earth's shadow waits for no human!
In Washington DC:
Penumbral Eclipse begins Oct 18 at 5:53 PM
The moon will be below the horizon and not visible in the DC area.
Maximum Eclipse at 7:50 PM and will be visible in the DC area.
Penumbral Eclipse ends at 9:48 PM and will be visible in the DC area.
General Sun and Moon Data for October 18, 2013:
The following information is provided for Washington, District of Columbia (longitude W77.0, latitude N38.9):
Friday 18 October 2013 Eastern Daylight Time
SUN Begin civil twilight 6:54 a.m.
Sunrise 7:21 a.m.
Sun transit 12:53 p.m.
Sunset 6:25 p.m.
End civil twilight 6:52 p.m.
MOON Moonrise 5:39 p.m. on preceding day
Moon transit 12:13 a.m.
Moonset 6:55 a.m.
Moonrise 6:14 p.m.
Moonset 7:57 a.m. on following day
Full Moon on 18 October 2013 at 7:39 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time.