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March 5, 2007


Filed under: — chuckwood @ 12:01 am

composite image by Pete Lawrence, Selsey, England.

In England on March 2nd, 2007 the Moon slowly moved past Saturn. From Pete’s observing site in Selsey the Moon just barely nicked the planet itself but pleasingly covered about 40% of the rings. Here are Pete’s words on how he captured this event: The difference in brightness of the Moon compared to Saturn was huge at the time and in order to get both objects imaged simultaneously, one must suffer. In this case I exposed correctly for Saturn which meant that the Moon’s limb was burnt out. A number of shots were taken at 30s intervals (10s movie captures at 60fps, fixed on Saturn) which gave me the positional information I needed to build the composite you see here. The RGB image of Saturn was captured just before the occultation and the lunar limb just after (this is a three frame mosaic). The interval positions shown are separated by 90s in time. South is up in the image and the Moon would be moving towards the upper right.

Pete Lawrence

Technical Details:
March 2, 2007, maximum coverage for Pete at 02h52m UT. C-14 (14″ SCT) at prime focus (f/11) + Lumenera SKYnyx 2-0 camera.

Related links:
Pete’s spectacular web site


  1. For those wishing to identify the lunar features in Pete’s background image of the Moon, a labeled version of this LPOD image has been posted at:

    Comment by JimMosher — March 5, 2007 @ 3:00 pm

  2. [...] Op de website Lunar Photo of the Day (LPOD) is een schitterende foto verschenen van de rakende Saturnusbedekking door de Maan afgelopen vrijdagmorgen. De foto is genomen door Pete Lawrence in Engeland1 met een Lumenera SKYnyx 2-0 camera. Vanuit Pete’s waarneemplaats ging Saturnus net langs de maan en werd 40% van z’n ringen bedenkt. Pete heeft een serie foto’s gemaakt en zo een compositie gemaakt. Het tijdinterval was telkens 30 seconden. In één woord: schitterend! Bron: LPOD.  [...]

    Pingback by Schitterende foto van Saturnus en Maan at Astroblogs — March 5, 2007 @ 5:40 pm

  3. Here is a Babelfish translation:
    On the Internet site Lunar Photo or the Day (LPOD) a superb photograph has appeared of the touching Saturnusbedekking by the Moon friday morning expired. The photograph has been taken by Pete Lawrence in Engeland1 with Lumenera SKYnyx 2-0 camera. From cap E waarneemplaats saturnus went exactly along the Moon and became 40% of his rings considers. Pete a serial has made photograph and this way a compositie made. The time interval were each time 30 seconden. In one word: Superb! Source: LPOD.

    Comment by chuckwood — March 5, 2007 @ 6:05 pm

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