Ask the Moon – FR

The 27/28 September 2015 Total Lunar Eclipse is approaching (check HERE for visibility).
For sure there are questions you would like to ask to the Moon. We have created a team of « lunatics » able to answer for it.

How to send your questions?

Images of the aurora burst from Greenland and Iceland – FR


The expedition « AURORAS BOREALES 2014 » managed to capture on August 21st with its cameras a burst of aurora activity related to a solar CME phenomenon (Coronal Mass Ejection) occurred two days earlier (it takes time to reach the Earth). We have seen with sharpness and clarity these amazing events from two different sites: the glacier Qaleraliq, SW of Greenland, and Hestheimar, SW of Iceland.

See the photos on Flickr.
The time-lapse playlist on YouTube.

GLORIA, focused on citizen science, recorded in the Greenland ice sheet seven hours of the life-cycle of the glacier, where night observations are conducted. The Qarelaliq glacier shows the deep wounds of global warming: it can be clearly seen the retreat of the ice mass. The document, compressed into seven minutes time-lapse, shows stunning details of the melting glacier front, where the falling blocks range from the size of of a small rock to that of a vessel.

See the video time-lapse on YouTube.

Aurora Borealis 2014 – FR

Like in 2012 and 2013, an expedition to observe the Aurora Borealis from the south of Greenland and Iceland will take place in the period 23-28 August. Named Shelios 2014, the expedition is promoted by the scientific-cultural association Shelios and is coordinated by its president Miquel Serra-Ricart, astronomer of the Institute of Astrophysics of the Canary Islands and member of the GLORIA Project. Daily broadcast from three different places in Greenland, between 23 and 25 August, will be transmitted: the surroundings of the Qaleraliq glacier, a farm called Tasiusaq, the town of Qasiarsuk, will be available on the web. Additional broadcasts from Hestheimar farm (South Iceland) will be on air between 26 and 28 August. Photos will be uploaded to a web album for one hour every day in real-time.

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Pictures from the Lunar Eclipse expedition in Peru – FR

Here are two shots summarising the Lunar Eclipse of April 15th, 2014. On the left, a frame from a starryearth.com video shot from the top of the Teide vulcano (see this YouTube video) with its shade pointing exactly to the partially eclipsed Moon (the small white spot at the head of the triangular dark zone). On the right the spectacular composition of the entire eclipse observed by a magic site, suspended between past and present: the access gate of the Inca fortress of Sacsayhuaman, place located North of Cusco, during the GLORIA project expedition to Peru.

Photo credits: Juan Carlos Casado e José Luis Quiñones

See the GLORIA Flickr album (more photos to be added soon).

Éclipse de lune depuis le pays Inca


Le 15 avril 2014, la lune sera éclipsée par l’ombre de la terre. Cette éclipse marque le début d’une séquence de quatre éclipses séparées d’environ 6 mois, appelée tétrade d’éclipses. La dernière tétrade a eu lieu il y a dix ans et la prochaine aura lieu en 2032.

L’éclipse s’observera au mieux depuis l’Amérique du Nord et du Sud. Une équipe de GLORIA célèbrera ce spectacle astronomique lors d’une retransmission en direct depuis la cté de Cusco, au Pérou, dans la vallée sacrée des Incas. En Europe, l’éclipse totale ne sera pas visible. Néenmoins, le volcan Teide, dont le sommet culmine à 3718m daltitude sur l’île de Ténérife, offre une perspective observationnelle intriguante. Quand une éclipse totale de lune se produit au coucher ou au lever du soleil sur le Teide, l’ombre du volcan s’aligne parfaitement avec la lune éclipsée. Ce phénomène unique sera observable durant l’éclipse du 15 avril et sera retransmis en direct.

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Communiqué de presse.
L’événement sur youtube : YouTube video.