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Moonlight Thoughts

Saturday, July 8th, 2017

Tonight the moon is full. Earth is located exactly between the moon and the sun (ok technically that precise moment for my location is 4:06 CDT  tomorrow morning).  In 44 days,  the the moon will be between the sun and Earth and at exactly 13:05 CDT the moons shadow will be just north of me.  I will be somewhere in that shadow.

Whats interesting about the full moon is that the night sky during full moon is reportedly how dark the daytime sky will get if one is standing in the path of totality during a solar eclipse. I don’t know since I’ve never experienced the wonder of totality. Clearly the horizon during totality will appear more like sunset. But what is the naked eye limiting magnitude (NELM) during totality?

Only way to find out is to be in the path of totality in 44 days.  I’ll have my sqm with. Incidentally the NELM with a full moon was 4.3 at 23:40.