This Sunday, from May 15 to Monday, some of those on Earth will be able to attend the full lunar eclipse.A rare celestial scene in which the night star loses its brightness and gradually turns red.
An event that can be viewed from the American, European and African continents
The eclipse is visible between the moonrise and sunset in some parts of the American, European and African continents.
This phenomenon occurs twice a year when the Sun, Earth and Moon are properly aligned, and when the Moon is in its full phase.
The star slips into the shadow of the earth, then protects it from the sun’s rays and gradually loses its white glow.
But it does not go out at all: the earth continues to send light from the sun to the moon, which takes on a red color through the rays.
Refraction of the atmosphereExplains toAFP Florent Deleflie, from Paris-PSL Observatory.
During an eclipse, only the Earth can illuminate the Moon by emitting these red rays again.The astronomer continues.
It is very interesting that the white and brilliant moon takes on a red and off hue in a few minutes., He adds. Seen in the telescope as seen with the naked eye, the event can give
Spectacular photos If the weather is good.
The total eclipse will be from 5:29 am to 6:54 am on the mainland of France.
The eclipse lasts about five hours, and its full phase – when the star is completely in the shadow of the earth – lasts more than an hour.
It is best to observe from the West Indies or Guyana because the moon is very high in the sky, According to the laboratory. The eclipse is fully visible in South America, Central America and eastern North America.
On the mainland of France, the total eclipse will last from 5:29 to 6:54 pm, with a maximum of 6:11 pm: the lunar disk will then be completely red. Remember that the moon disappears at this point in the totality, just as the sun rises. So if you are in the west of France it will be much easier to observe this phenomenon where the sun rises later than the east.
The moon is very low in the sky and to make full use of the eclipse, you need to choose the location of the horizon.
Destroyed towards the westFlorent Deleflie advises.
The next full lunar eclipse is scheduled for November 2022 in the middle of the Pacific. On the mainland of France, the last is before January 2019 and the next will not take place until 2029.
A lunar eclipse shows that the earth is round
Since ancient timesUnderscores the astronomer.
On the surface of the lunar disk, the boundary between the shadow and the area illuminated by the sun is slightly curved: this is the scheme of the Earth’s orbit..
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