Night sky photographer speaks about Sunday’s lunar eclipse

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Nature photographer Imma Barrera specializes in the starry sky. Born in Barcelona, ​​living in New Jersey, she has traveled to national parks across the country to capture the beauty of her nights. Her recent stop is the Grand Canyon, where she is an astronomer in the Grand Canyon Reserve. Melissa Seviny of KNAU filmed Sunday’s total lunar eclipse and talked to her about her plans to raise her awareness of the need for a dark sky.

What made you start shooting around the night sky?

Well, I had a camera from an early age. My first communion, that was my present, I was given a camera. As a biologist, I have always photographed landscapes and wildlife. That makes sense. That was my interest … but when I was able to take better pictures with my digital camera, the night pictures were even more special … Your eyes don’t look very good. The camera sensor looks better at the night sky. And that was the subject of my interest. Wow, because people go, what does it look like in the night sky?

Yes, people see these pictures of the Milky Way, and if you are in a really dark place, they don’t always know that you can actually see such a Milky Way.

yes. And areas like the Grand Canyon, or other areas I’ve been to, Sedna, Flagstaff-it’s dark. It’s very easy to see compared to where I live in New Jersey. I know what you’re looking for, but it’s not that easy. You are very lucky. Really, you are lucky.

You have a chance to spend a few weeks in the Grand Canyon, how do you spend it?

busy. I’m actually busy. Usually you can see the stars, the best time of the year-the period of seeing the stars-is always the new moon … It’s time for me to be the busiest and approaching the new moon. However, you also have a lunar eclipse during the full moon. Take advantage of this. So I also try to take a picture of the solar eclipse.

What tips do you have for those who want to shoot a lunar eclipse? How do you frame the shot?

You need to find a very tall building, so you have a moon, a tall building or a rock layer on it … But otherwise, if you don’t mind, or have never taken such a picture, it’s a good idea to take a close-up of the moon without worrying about the foreground … The moon turns reddish-pinkish, but still very clearly visible. It’s no longer white, it’s a deep pink of this color. You can start seeing the stars around it that you can’t see if it’s a full moon.

At least for myself, the idea of ​​taking a picture of the night sky is a little scary, but the lunar eclipse seems like a good place to start.

A good place to get started … But it’s scary for me for the first time, I understand it. But when I look at the sky at night, it’s very beautiful. I don’t know if you’ve seen an old American show, but when I returned, I was from Europe. universe..

Yes, with Carl Sagan.

And he said we were made of Stardust. When I see such a sky, I feel that way. Very small, the whole universe, I see the Milky Way — I’m just a spot of stardust across the Milky Way. I don’t know, it only brings me peace and the problem disappears.

Well, welcome to Arizona. I hope you have a wonderful stay here.

Thank you very much.

Sunday’s lunar eclipse is already underway when the moon rises in the eastern sky around 7:15 pm GMT. The whole thing starts around 8:30 pm and continues until 10 pm. Flagstaff’s Lowell Observatory will livestream the eclipse on its YouTube channel and will also host a face-to-face eclipse party. Click here for details: https://lowell.edu/experiences/total-lunar-eclipse-2022/

Sunday, May 15 Lunar eclipse (MST):

7:12 pm Moonrise, penumbra phase in progress
7:27 pm Partial phase begins
8:29 pm The whole thing starts
9:11 pm Maximum solar eclipse
9:53 pm The whole will end
10:55 pm Partial phase ends
11:50 pm Penumbra phase ends

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