An eclipsing moon glows an eerie dark red in a new photo of a total lunar eclipse that occurred earlier in May.
The European Southern Observatory (ESO) has shared a new image of the Super Flower Blood Moon lunar eclipse taken on the night of May 15 using telescopes at ESO’s Paranal Observatory in Chile’s Atacama Desert, according to a statement from the observatory.
A total lunar eclipse, which occurs when the full moon passes into the Earth’s deep shadow, was visible from parts of America, Antarctica, Europe, Africa and the Eastern Pacific on May 15 and 16. The full moon has reached perigee – closest to Earth in the month – making this a super-blood moon eclipse.
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During a lunar eclipse, the Earth is directly between the Sun and the Moon. As a result, the Earth blocks some of the sunlight and casts a shadow on the lunar surface. This, in turn, causes the moon to appear red when the sun’s rays interact with the Earth’s atmosphere.
“Light from the sun contains a whole range of colors. Blue light is scattered by the atmosphere through a process called Rayleigh scattering (which makes the sky bluer), while red light can more easily pass through the atmosphere by being slightly refracted.” – ESO. explained in the statement. “This red light reaches the moon’s surface, giving it a dramatic crimson hue.”
A recent photo published by ESO on May 23 was taken at a total time when Earth blocks out the sun’s light the most. It was photographed with the UT5 amateur telescope at the Paranal Observatory.
The next full moon, called the Full Strawberry Moon, will occur on June 14th. It will also be the second supermoon of 2022. To viewers facing the southeast, it will appear large and golden shortly after sunset. You can prepare for the next full moon with our guide on how to photograph the moon, as well as our guides to the best cameras for astrophotography and the best lenses for astrophotography.
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