Monday, September 28, 2015

IMAGES. Total eclipse: the “Super Blood Moon” made his show – Le Parisien

28 Sept. 2015, 7:02 | Update: 28 Sept. 2015, 9:38

What a sight! The “Super Blood Moon” has kept its promises. Almost everywhere, the American continent in the Middle East, passing through France, the star of the night was a show for several hours on the night of Sunday to Monday, to the delight of insiders and enthusiasts.

A show that they are not likely to forget and which will not happen before 2033.

For a little over an hour from 4:11 to France, they were able to enjoy the exceptional spectacle of a lunar orb particularly large and bright, is red dye. A “mature fishing” for some, a “ruby” to others. This “super Blood Moon” is the result of a rare combination of two astronomical phenomena. In the early hours of Monday, the moon was at its perigee, the closest point to Earth. She then appeared 30% brighter and 14% larger. In addition, the Earth was Monday perfectly aligned with the Moon and the Sun, thereby depriving the Moon, which does not produce its own light, light it receives from the Sun and that normally gives it its white color. However few rays of light deflected by the atmosphere of the Earth continued to enlighten and came to throw this strange red light on the lunar orb.

A scientific interest

Photos taken in France, Germany, Venezuela or the United States in particular have captured the progression of the show to its final red. In Brooklyn, in the center of New York, a crowd of people had gathered in the squares and sidewalks, looking up at the sky, trying to take pictures with their smartphones. While New Yorkers have enjoyed a clear sky, in other US cities like Washington, clouds ruined a good part of the show. The phenomenon was visible from any of the major Indian cities, but in the northeast of the country, equipped amateur telescopes have also been able to enjoy the show.

For those under 33, it was the first opportunity to see the “Super Blood Moon.” The latest combination of a lunar eclipse and a Super Moon dates back to 1982, according to NASA, and the next will not occur before age 18. The exceptional event is also of scientific interest. Normally, on a 24-day cycle, the temperature of the Moon is between 121 degrees Celsius and minus 115 degrees Celsius, depending on its exposure to sunlight. These variations allow researchers to study the composition of the lunar crust, as the rocks heat up and cool slower than the dusty areas. But in the night from Sunday to Monday, the temperature of the moon evolved much more quickly, allowing scientists to make observations much more detailed of the lunar surface

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