A total lunar eclipse occurs overnight from Sunday to Monday. The moon will begin to enter Earth’s shadow at 4:27 a.m., and the peak phase is expected at 5:28 a.m., but the climax of the eclipse will occur around 6:11 a.m., when the moon has already set in Paris. If France therefore does not benefit from the whole event, Philip Henarius, editor-in-chief of Ciel & Void, Hopefully Sunday on franceinfo”Take a nice picture“Thanks to this moon in”close to the horizon“.
franceinfo: Where will you notice this total lunar eclipse, from which we will not see optimally in France?
Philip Hanargos: I’m going to climb a rocky ridge in the Corbiere mountain range for the moon to flow with the west/southwest horizon, over the Pyrenees. Therefore, we will not be able to see the full phase of the eclipse from France, but starting at 4:30 am we will start to see all the partial phases until 5:29 am, when we will be completely in shadow from the ground but still above the horizon. We will be able to try to get the landscape elements at the same time with the moon to take a beautiful picture. There may be sites of interest in Paris or elsewhere in France perhaps the Eiffel Tower or another monument in the foreground. We invite everyone to share their photos on social networks by mentioning Ciel & Espace magazine.
Should precautions be taken with special glasses?
No, because unlike a solar eclipse, there is no danger to the eye. There is no risk of burning your eyes. The Moon reflects the light of the Sun, and there, it will reflect it to a much lesser degree because it will gradually enter the Earth’s shadow. It will take on a copper color because only red sunlight will hit it, which is deflected by Earth’s atmosphere. It is an aesthetic phenomenon to see!
Is eclipse useful for making observations that cannot be done at any other time?
There is little, but there is little! For example, there are two observatories in the world, one in Alpes-de-Haute-Provence, that have telescopes with lasers that are sent to the moon. In the 1970s, astronauts from the Apollo missions placed reflectors on the moon’s surface to reflect these lasers and measure the exact distance between Earth and the Moon to the nearest centimeter. There, the chance is that the luminosity will be much weaker and suddenly the laser reflection will appear better. The advantage of these calculations is the measurement of the long-term evolution of the moon’s orbit relative to the Earth.
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