By Elizabeth Howell published 16 May 22
Billions of people saw the sky show Sunday (May 15) to Monday (May 16).
A Blood Moon lunar eclipse swept over densely populated areas in the Americas, Antarctica, Europe, Africa on Sunday (May 15) and Monday (May 16).
The total eclipse happened as the moon moved into the umbral, or deeper, shadow of Earth. As the sun’s light was refracted around the edges of our planet’s atmosphere, the red hue shone on the moon’s surface.
The big event started with a partial eclipse Sunday (May 15) at 10:28 p.m. EDT (0228 GMT on Monday, May 16), according to TimeandDate.com. The Blood Moon peak around 12:11 a.m. EDT (0411 GMT), with the eclipse ending at 1:55 a.m. EDT (0555 GMT).
A penumbral eclipse, which happens when the moon passes into the edge of Earth’s shadow, began and ended roughly an hour after the partial eclipse in New Zealand, Eastern Europe and the Middle East. This produced a more subtle effect, as the light shadow of the Earth fell upon the moon, that was only visible in some conditions.
The red color was very apparent in this LiveScience reader photo taken by Robyn and Mike Morris from San Bruno, Yucatán Peninsula, Mexico.
From Houston, reader Rukhsar Mahmood captured the moon just before it began to be covered by the Earth’s shadow.
“The experience was great,” Mahmood wrote. “I enjoyed watching the moon looking so big in the evening, and it started getting smaller. Then it started to get covered by this red/black shield, and slowly, the whole moon was covered and the moonlight was nowhere in sight.”
You can see the haunting lunar image below.
The full ruddy color of the Blood Moon was captured in this reader photo from Gregg Collins in Bend, Oregon.
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The second (and final) lunar eclipse this year will take place Nov. 8, 2022 with at least partial visibility from Asia, Australia, North America, parts of northern and eastern Europe, the Arctic and most of South America. Our sister website, Space.com, also has eclipses further in the future.
Editor’s Note: If you snap an amazing lunar eclipse photo and would like to share it with Live Science readers, send your photo(s), comments, and your name and location to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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