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No. 137 - 7th March 2007
[Artist Philip brushes off the competition - Grease, The Live Performance
- Business of the week]
[Lunar Eclipse - Zebras at the Prince]
at Sellack - Action Buss - Nature Watch - Rain Clouds]
and Katie - Y-Zone CD Launch - Tree Planting] [Council
News - Grease Back Stage - Letters - Rebox Party]
Book Day - Syringes - Skittles - Rugby - Weather Station]
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Moon Shots and Saturday and Sunday's Total Lunar Eclipse
Saturday evening, 3rd March saw a total lunar eclipse, the
penumbral phase of which took place at 8:18 and 11 seconds
PM Totality began at 10:44 and 13 seconds and finished at
11:57 and 37 seconds. The eclipse ended at 2:23 and 43 seconds
am on Sunday.
I would take a tripod out and spend time photographing such
an event but on Saturday evening I was enjoying watching
the Zebras at the Prince of Wales pub, so I just took some
quick shots at various stages with a Nikon D-100 and 300
mm lens. Below you can see some pre eclipse shots, taken
before darkness fell on 1st March at Wilton, two stages
just prior to totality on Saturday and a third stage near
to the end of the phenomenon.
be honest, I surprised my self by the clarity of the hand
held camera shots. Particularly the last in the series as
I had consumed three and a half pints of beer by the end
of the evening, which is a lot for me, though I was not
particularly drunk. As well as magnifying the moon, the
300 mm lens magnifies hand shake considerably. I took the
last shot whilst walking along Copse Cross Street (Angry
Policeman Street), leaning Tina against a wall with instructions
not to fall down.
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eclipse, the moon from Wilton. Ref: DSC_9089
eclipse, the moon from Wilton. Ref: DSC_9099
Moon on Thursday afternoon. Ref: DSC_9090
lunar eclipse is not quite the same thing as a solar eclipse
and occurs when the Moon is completely shadowed from direct
sunlight by the Earth. It is in fact, a total eclipse of
the Sun as would be seen from the Moon.
Moon, being directly on the opposite side of Earth to the
Sun, passes through our planet's shadow and no direct light
can reach it. However, Earth's atmosphere refracts light
(bends it) and at the same time, filters it so that it illuminates
the Moon with a dark red glow.
on the prevailing Earth's atmosphere, in terms of cloud
cover and dust from volcanic eruptions, the actual colour
of the Moon at totality can vary from near black to red
or even orange.
eclipses occur far more frequently than solar eclipses.
The next one will take place on 28th August 2007 and will
be visible from East Asia, Australia, The Pacific and the
next lunar eclipse which will be visible from Ross-on-Wye
will take place on Thursday, 21st February 2008 (my sister,
Marilyn's birthday). The 'total' phase will last for 51
eclipsed Moon at 10:22 GMT Saturday. Ref: DSC_9220
eclipsed Moon at 10:31 GMT Saturday. Ref: DSC_9238
eclipsed Moon at 01:06 GMT Sunday. Ref: DSC_9253
at the Prince of Wales
The Zebras' gig at the Prince of Wales on Saturday evening
was one of their best. By late evening, the house was packed
and the atmosphere great! The band ended up performing two
encores, having to finish eventually despite further shouts
for 'more'! The last song was a request for a second rendition
of 'The Ace of Spades' by somebody who missed it the first
time around. I think this just about knackered poor old
John Brown, after a very long evening of drumming, brilliantly.
took the photos below quite early on during the event as
my intention from the outset had been to put the work toys
aside and just enjoy the evening.
Saturday evening turned out to be a strange one as it happens
though. Instead of just watching the Zebras as intended
and drinking beer, I found myself photographing the skittles
teams at the Con. Club, 'The Only Gay in the Village' in
the room next door and an eclipse of the moon, all pretty
much at the same time. Who said that the male of the species
cannot multitask. All this and I still managed to consume
three and a half pints of beer and enjoy the music!
coming Saturday at the Prince, 'Lee B' will be entertaining
with popular cover songs from 9:30 onwards. The Zebras'
next local gig is in the Barrel on Saturday, 24th March.
Not sure I can make that one as I have three things going
on that nigh but Tina and I will go to the Mayor's Ball
together and split up for The Zebras at the Barrel and Eclipse
(the band this time, not the phenomenon) at the Prince of
Wales afterwards. It's best that Tina takes the Barrel gig
as it's closer to home - less distance to have to keep her
on the straight and narrow afterwards! Ouch! (She saw me
Exhibition at Harts Barn
'Monday Monets', Harts Barn's own art group are currently
holding the first public display of their own work. The
exhibition runs until Tuesday, 26th March in the Coleford
Crafts Gallery. It is open daily from 10:00 until 16:00
except for Mondays and admission is free.
of the small group of students have only been painting for
a couple of months but with the guidance of resident artists
and teacher, Jackie Cox they have clearly shown a natural
aptitude. A stunning array of work has been produced, showing
a wide range of subjects, media and skills.
you would like to see this exhibition, please feel free
to go along to Coleford Crafts, The Courtyard at Harts Barn,
Monmouth Road, Longhope, or telephone Charles Ballard on
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