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Blood moon....

Posted: 27/09/2015 at 22:43

The penumbra (partially shaded outer region of the shadow cast by the Earth) does appear at that time, conifer.  The umbra (main shadow) strikes the edge of the Moon at about 2.13 creeps over the surface until it covers the Moon completely at about 3.15.  The moon will remain completely in the umbra until about 4.23.  The full shadow will creep (from top left to bottom right) across the surface until about 5.21 when the Moon will again be in the penumbra.  At about 6.22 it will be completely out of the penumbra shadow.  We won't see that though as the Moon sets at about 6am.

help please

Posted: 27/09/2015 at 21:29


Parsnips aren't very nice

Posted: 27/09/2015 at 20:28

A frost does help as it triggers the root to convert starches to sugars which is why they get sweeter once frosted.

Blood moon....

Posted: 27/09/2015 at 20:20

You might be able to start to see a darkening starting at the upper left edge from about 1.30am but the full eclipse starts about 3am and lasts until about 4.30am.  When fully eclipsed, the Moon could appear dark red (hence the name 'blood Moon') but this depends on the Earth's atmosphere because the only light to reach the Moon is refracted through it.  Because of this, it could also just go dark grey and it might even get too dim to see.  All those variations have been seen in the past.

I'm hoping to photograph the whole sequence (one shot every 30s) and, if things go well (and they often don't for amateur astronomers!), I'll be making a time-lapse video of the whole event.

Plant ID please

Posted: 27/09/2015 at 19:05

The bulbs are Amaryllis Belladonna I think, Ribs.

What could be this plant

Posted: 27/09/2015 at 18:00

My first thought was young cocoa pod too Jo, but I'm not sure they would grow in Barcelona.  If it is a cacao tree, the pods form directly from the trunk but I can't tell from the photo.

Evergreen climber?

Posted: 27/09/2015 at 15:02

Solanum crispum?  A 'Glasnevin' has been completely evergreen here.

Gingercat caterpillars

Posted: 27/09/2015 at 12:24

Given the time of year, I suspect Sycamore moth:

Feeds on sycamore, field maple and horse chestnut leaves.


Garden Pictures 2015

Posted: 26/09/2015 at 20:31

Saw a huge hoverfly on the ivy flowers today - it was about 2cm long and at first glance thought it was a hornet of some kind:

Volucella zonaria, the hornet mimic hoverfly.


Posted: 26/09/2015 at 17:16

No worries - I did reply directly to you Lesley but we both replied at exactly the same time and it was just coincidence that it looked like I'd already seen pansyface's reply. The mysteries of web browser caching no doubt complicated things!

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