At the appointed hour, on the night of Sunday to Monday, the Moon died out before relighting with a faint red glow, a total eclipse that was visible from Europe, Africa and the Americas.
In the streets of Mexico City, Los Angeles, Paris or Ouarzazate, heads were raised to the sky to observe the phenomenon, around midnight for the American continents, shortly before dawn in Europe and Africa.
The eclipse lasted about three hours: the first hour when the full Moon was gently “eaten” by the shadow of the Earth, then an hour of total eclipse, and finally an hour when the Moon has gradually become full and brilliant.
— Agence France-Presse (@afpfr) January 21, 2019
As a bonus for this eclipse, the Moon was a “super moon”, the term used when it is at a relatively close distance from our planet, in this case 358 000 km.
During the total phase of the eclipse, the Moon appeared colored with a red or pink hue.
This hue is due to the fact that the red part of the sun’s rays, blocked by the Earth, has been filtered and refracted by the earth’s atmosphere towards the interior of the shadow created by the Earth, and thus towards the Moon.
For all total eclipses, the same phenomenon of red coloration occurs, which transforms the moon into a reddish disc with a feeble glow, in a hue slightly different each time, depending on the dust or other substances in the atmosphere.
In London and elsewhere, astronomy enthusiasts were unlucky: clouds blocked the view. It will be necessary to wait until 2021, 2022 or 2029 for the next visible eclipse under such conditions, according to the regions.
But the inhabitants of Villa Nueva, Guatemala, Montevideo, Uruguay, Mexico City, Miami and Paris were lucky.
In Washington, the whole phase was the closing time of bars, a holiday eve.