DIRECT. Follow the total lunar eclipse in the night of January 20 to 21, the only one of the year 2019.


A total lunar eclipse will be visible on the night of Sunday 20 to Monday 21 January 2018 in France, provided that the weather is favorable. If you can not follow it directly from your window, do not miss this event with our live video.

On the night of Sunday 20 to Monday, January 21, 2019, there will be a total eclipse of the moon that can be admired in France, rising early. The general phenomenon will start at 3:36 and end at 8:48. The phase of totality, during which our satellite, obscured, will be painted with a reddish hue, will take place between 5:41 and 6:43.

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No special precautions to see a lunar eclipse
This total lunar eclipse that can also be admired throughout Europe, North and South America and Africa, will be the only one of the year 2019. A partial eclipse will however occur in July. Unlike solar eclipses, lunar eclipses can be observed at the same time for all observers. It occurs when our satellite, seen from Earth, is in the opposite direction to the Sun and is therefore in full moon phase. To observe it, no special precautions are necessary, except at the beginning of the year some very hot clothes!

The different phases of the eclipse. From right to left: entering the darkness, entering the shadows, beginning, maximum and end of the whole phase, emerging from the shadows and leaving the penumbra © Johan Kieken.


Unfavorable weather to observe the Moon

Amateur astronomers can also scan the star with a telescope or a pair of binoculars: even in the entire period, our satellite will remain visible and may even show a beautiful reddish hue. Indeed, even when it is in the earth’s shadow cone, the moon remains illuminated by the rays of the sun that curl our planet and cross its atmosphere that deflects them. This indirect lighting thus provides a residual brightness. Moreover, as the earth’s atmosphere mainly filters the blue colors of the spectrum, the refracted rays carry a rather red light, hence the reddish hue of the moon.
However, few French guys will enjoy favorable conditions to watch this lunar eclipse: Météo France predicts heavy cloud cover (and rain) over a large part of the country during the night from Sunday to Monday . Those who can not observe the sky will still be able to follow the event from our site via the video above which will be activated at 3 o’clock in the morning.


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