Total lunar eclipse expected Tuesday at dawn

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Éclipse total Moon expected Tuesday at dawn

A lunar eclipse occurs when the Moon passes through the Earth's shadow. When the Moon is completely darkened, nearby stars can be seen which are normally dimmed by its brightness.

Canadians are expected to witness a total eclipse of the moon. Residents of the four western Canadian provinces and those of part of northern Ontario would be in the best position to witness this cosmic spectacle.

The eclipse is expected start at dawn and last almost six hours.

A lunar eclipse occurs when the Moon passes through the Earth's shadow. There are, in fact, two terrestrial shadows: an outer, weak shadow called the penumbra and an inner, darker shadow called the umbra.

When the Moon passes through the penumbra, it is almost impossible to observe the phenomenon with the naked eye. But when it crosses the shadows, that's when the phenomenon puts on quite a show.

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This is what the lunar eclipse on November 8, 2022 should look like.

A lunar eclipse differs from a solar eclipse in duration: while the former can last for hours, the latter only lasts a few minutes. So while Tuesday's eclipse should start and end early in the morning depending on where you are in Canada, you won't have to stay up all night to see it.

For example, you can set your alarm clock about half an hour before totality and enjoy part of the partial eclipse, just before the Moon dips into the moon. #x27;darkness.

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Residents of British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba and parts of Northern Ontario would be best placed to view the eclipse in its entirety, as further east the Moon sets during the eclipse.

The Moon could also darken or turn into what some call a blood moon. This is because during a total lunar eclipse, the Moon can take on a coppery reddish color due to Earth's atmosphere scattering light from the Sun, which is then directly behind it.

Light with longer wavelengths – like orange and red – refracts or bends around the Earth, where it eventually reaches the Moon.< /p>

It also depends on how deep the Moon is in the shadow.

When the Moon is completely obscured, nearby stars can be seen that are normally dimmed by its glow . This phenomenon offers a beautiful spectacle that lends itself well to photography.

Binoculars can also be used during a lunar eclipse, which makes it possible to distinguish certain craters at a glance. surface of the Moon.

Finally, for the eclipse expected on Tuesday, we can also try to spot Uranus using binoculars. This planet should end up at its brightest position, just to the upper left of the darkened Moon.

With a darkened full moon, one might also be lucky enough to observe four meteor showers, namely the Orionids, Northern Taurids, Southern Taurids and Leonids.

So…keep your eyes peeled.

With information from Nicole Mortillaro

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