The red Moon of Monday’s total lunar eclipse has been expertly captured by a Connexion reader.
In the early hours of Monday morning (May 16), the Sun, Earth and Moon aligned, and the latter fell into the Earth’s shadow, thus creating the total lunar eclipse.
Sunlight projected through our atmosphere landed on the Moon’s surface, temporarily turning it a shade of dusky red and creating a ‘super blood Moon’ effect.
This coincided with a super Moon: which happens when it is at its closest point to Earth and thus appears to be bigger than usual.
Connexion reader Graham Berry photographed the event at 05:30 on Monday morning, using a Celestron 6SE telescope to track the Moon and a Canon RP to capture its red hue.
The photo was taken in his garden in Rouillac near Montcuq-en-Quercy-Blanc in the Lot in south-west France..
Mr Berry is a photographer who partly specialises in night sky scenes, as well as weddings, landscapes, portraits, food and flowers.
You can find out more about his work on his website.
Monday’s blood moon was widely photographed across the world, with viewers taking to Twitter to share their pictures.
The next total eclipse of the Moon visible from mainland France will not happen until March 14, 2025, and only the start will be visible.
However, the eclipse of September 7, 2025 will be “easier and nicer to observe”, said Mr Chapelle, because it will happen at the end of the afternoon and into the early evening.