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A triumphant achievement in astrophotography was realized on a clear spring night when Thierry Legault captured this breathtaking moment as the full moon shimmered gloriously through the Arc de Triomphe in the heart of Paris.

Like a modern Stonehenge, the moon was perfectly aligned with the monument, hanging just below the grand arcades of this grand ode to revolutionary freedom. Its grandiose 96-foot vault (the Arc itself stands at an impressive 54 meters) reflects the lustrous orb of the moon – glowing golden just above the horizon – with artistic perfection.

The author of this photo, Legault, an aeronautical engineer based near Paris, captures all of his images with a single exposure — none of that composite, mixed-image jazz that’s so common for this French artist on Instagram these days.

“It’s my photographic ethic!” he proudly told The Epoch Times. “My shots are always taken with one camera, always in one place, and I never edit or combine them. Just a photo, except for the time lapse [videos] Naturally.”

The full moon aligns with the Arc de Triomphe shining with its arch in the heart of Paris. (Courtesy of Thierry Legault)

Legault is one of the first photographers to jump on the digital train in 1993 when the first optical sensors for amateur use were released. “Back then, everything was to be explored, and there was no shortage of subjects: the deep sky – galaxies, nebulae, etc., as well as the planets, the moon, the sun, etc.,” Legault said. “It was a time of pioneers and we were still few, because the astronomical devices we had back then were equipped with very small sensors, but very expensive.”

Legault was tutored by one of the great lunar photography specialists of the day. New digital techniques allowed both to accelerate the refinement of their craft to unprecedented heights.

Timing is a big factor when capturing images like this one of the moon and the Arc de Triomphe. “For position calculations, I use applications like Stellarium, PhotoPills, The Photographer’s Ephemeris, Google Earth,” he said. “This allows us to know in advance what direction and altitude the moon will be at at any given time, and determine whether it will be toward a preselected monument.”

“The observation point also comes into play and this is where some prior reconnaissance is essential to make sure that there is good access to that point, if you can set up your tripod there, and if there are no obstructions – buildings, trees, posts, traffic lights, etc. “

(Courtesy of Thierry Legault)

Time is of the essence when the moment is near. Legault prepares his settings in advance, otherwise he risks losing alignment. “I only had a few seconds,” he said.

Of course, the weather also plays a major role that no photographer can control. “I’ve missed a lot of events because of clouds!” he said. “But a light veil of cloud can also help to dull the light of the full moon, which is much brighter than the monuments; it helped me especially with an alignment of the moon on the Empire State Building.”

Legault’s astrophotography and time-lapse can be found on YouTube and in numerous media publications, including the one he is most proud of, The Times, which published his 2009 image of the International Space Station at transit.

Here are more photos by Thierry Legault, including said Empire State moon shot, a combination of the moon and the Eiffel City, and the Arc de Triomphe again, but with the sun as a bonus.

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A lunar eclipse seen from the Sully Bridge near Notre-Dame de Paris. (Courtesy of Thierry Legault)
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Total solar eclipse from the shore of La Cuesta Del Viento lake with the Andes mountains in the background, near Rodeo, Argentina. (Courtesy of Thierry Legault)
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Moonrise over Licancabur, between Bolivia and Chile, at sunset. (Courtesy of Thierry Legault)
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Comet Neowise over Mont Saint Michel in Normandy, France. (Courtesy of Thierry Legault)
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The total solar eclipse on July 2, 2019 in Argentina. (Courtesy of Thierry Legault)
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A solar eclipse in Singapore. (Courtesy of Thierry Legault)
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Moonrise and Eiffel Tower during Bastille Day fireworks on July 14, 2022. (Courtesy Thierry Legault)
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Moonset behind the Eiffel Tower on April 15, 2022. (Courtesy Thierry Legault)
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The International Space Station during lunar transit. (Courtesy of Thierry Legault)
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The moon hovers over the Empire State Building in Manhattan. (Courtesy of Thierry Legault)

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