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Total Lunar Eclipse, Sep 28 2015

0359 IST, 48 minutes into and 24 minutes before conclusion of totality. With (a) mag 6.15 HIP 1421 in Pisces.


0420 IST; field stars not normally visible adjacent to a full moon.


0223 IST – 16 minutes after commencement of partial phase                                    0239


0255                                                                     0311 – Totality

Comet C/2014 S2 (Panstarrs)

R Leonis

Famous variable star R Leonis seen 13 days after maximum light at est mag 5.9 (arrowed). The fifth variable to be discovered, by Koch in 1782, it can range from mag 4.4-11.3 (generally 5.5-10) over a 312-day period. Sep 28 2015, 0517 IST.

Asteroids (15) Eunomia, (13) Egeria, (9) Metis


Asteroids (14) Irene and (192) Nausikaa

KIC 8462852

Triple Planetary Conjunction

Oct 25 2015, 0506 UT; Jupiter (mag -1.8) 1.2° east of Venus (mag -4.4) and 3.1° north-west of Mars (mag 1.7). With (1) sigma Leonis (Mars separation 25′), iota Leo (2), 53 Leo (3) and mag 5.5 p1 Leo (4).


Three mornings later

Asteroid (16) Psyche

Discovered by De Gasparis in 1852; mag 10.5 (circled), diameter 160 ml, Earth distance 180m miles. With (z) mag 3 zeta Tauri and the Crab Nebula (blue line). Oct 13 2015, 0048 IST.

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