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Issue:- 30 January 2015

Reports below are as follows:-  The Partial Solar Eclipse from Liverpool, in March, Reach for the Stars at Eureka! Family statement, Capenhurst Station, Ellesmere Port, following death of a teenager, Stargazers to search the heavens above at Wirral Star Party.

The Partial Solar Eclipse from Liverpool, in March
By Gerard Gilligan, Liverpool Astronomical Society

ON Friday, 20 March 2015, a Partial Solar Eclipse will take place. Sadly this eclipse is total over the sea, around the Faroe Islands and the islands themselves, and can also be seen from the island of Spitsbergen off the cost of Norway. Here it could be -15 °c, and that's without any wind chill. However from Liverpool it should be warmer and the eclipse is a very deep partial, with 90% of the Sun being obscured by the Moon!

The eclipse will be observable from United Kingdom. From Liverpool, the eclipse will proceed as follows:-

06:15 GMT Sun Rises
08:26 GMT - 1st Contact (Eclipse begins)  (U1)
08:30 GMT – 2%
08:40 GMT – 13%
08:50 GMT – 28%
09:00 GMT – 45%
09:10 GMT – 64% 09:20 GMT – 82%
09:30 GMT – 90%
09:31.14 GMT - Maximum Eclipse (90% eclipse), altitude is 26̊.
09:40 GMT – 80%
09:50 GMT – 63%
10:00 GMT – 45% 10:10 GMT – 29%
10:20 GMT – 15%
10:30 GMT – 4%
10:40.18 GMT - Last Contact (Eclipse Ends) (U4).

Click on to see larger picture.  Diagram from Liverpool A.S. 2015 Astro Events Booklet, © 2014 Tony Williams.
Diagram from Liverpool A.S. 2015 Astro Events Booklet, © 2014 Tony Williams.

A Warning – As always care should be taken when observing the sun even during this eclipse, and you should not attempt to observe the eclipse without using the correct solar filters or a specially constructed solar telescope, e.g. The Personal Solar Telescope or PST, or by projecting the solar image onto a white card or paper. If in any doubt please seek advice from experienced observers, like society members at the Liverpool Astronomical Society:- LiverpoolAS.Org.

Family statement, Capenhurst Station, Ellesmere Port, following death of a teenager

THE British Transport Police (BTP) have reported that tragically a 16 year old, 6th form student at Whitby High School in Ellesmere Port has been killed on Merseyrail’s Wirral line. In a statement released through British Transport Police, Oscar Phillips' family said:- "Sadly on Monday, 26 January 2015, at around 5.30pm, our dearly loved son Oscar Phillips, aged 16, was struck by a train and tragically died at Capenhurst Railway Station. We know Oscar will be sadly missed by many people and would like to thank everyone for their kind wishes, support and floral tributes. We now ask that we are given the time and space to grieve privately."

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