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Bill Weir

Location of Photo:

Metchosin, British Columbia Canada

Date/Time of photo:

April 28 & 29/09 2330 -0130 hrs PDT


F/5 12.5" dob and f/8 6" dob Pencil sketch on white paper, inverted with Photoshop


Late in the evening of April 28/09 I had the opportunity to watch a second Tiatan shadow transit. The conditions were far from ideal with a very light haze and less than optimum seeing. I picked up the first sighting of the shadow on the limb of the planet at just 0631 UT as an indentation on the edge. . With the fluctuations in seeing, variable transparency and tree blockage, I managed to observe almost half of the transit. I marked dots at 5 locations for where the shadow fell. Where I placed the Moons is where they were, when I first spotted the shadow. This observation was one of the highlights of my observing life, seeing as 50 years ago on April 29th, my own shadow began to fall on this planet.


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