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The exceptional full lunar eclipse on May 16: how and when to observe it?

The exceptional full lunar eclipse on May 16: how and when to observe it?

For the first time since January 2019, a full lunar eclipse will be visible in France this Sunday from May 15 to May 16. This eclipse begins at the moonrise in the United States and ends at the sunset in Europe and Africa. A lunar eclipse occurs when all three stars, the Sun, Earth, and Moon, are in the same line.

Our satellite, at the full moon phase, passes through the shadow cone of the Earth. It is visible in the early part of the night, early in the morning. You need to get up earlyThis is because the event begins at 3:30 a.m. (legal time) with the Moon’s entry into the Earth’s penumbra, followed by a very spectacular 4: 27 min. If the full lunar disk is immersed in the shadow, the total will last from 5:29 to 6:54 for more than 84 minutes.. But in the end we can not notice.

Halfway through, a maximum of 6 hours and 11 minutes will take place, Sunrise and moonset coincide in minutes. The weather in Occitania seems to be favorable, which makes it possible to observe this spectacular view of nature with the naked eye, binoculars or astronomical instruments.

Safe for the eyes

Unlike a solar eclipse, everything without risk to the eyes. As the moon descends towards the southwest horizon, the aurora rises rapidly toward the northeast. To believe the beautiful photos, it is good to provide open terrain and act for about 5 hours 30 minutes.

The biggest astronomical meeting of May will take place on Monday the 16th, when the full moon will slip into the shadow of the earth and become a total eclipse … especially in metropolitan France?

– Guillaume Cannat (uGuillaumeCannat) May 2, 2022

Generally, the moon does not disappear during these eclipses, and its surface becomes more or less copper-orange-red. This is explained by the sun’s rays refracting on both sides of the earth. The sun sets on one side and the rising sun on the other hand passes through our atmosphere and gives this red color. In this perimeter it is necessary to take into account the weather conditions of the atmosphere and solar activity.

Each eclipse sets aside a share of the surprise, Which always triggers to notice an event with updated color. The second full lunar eclipse of 2022, November 8, is an unavoidable event as it is visible from the Pacific Ocean.