The first full lunar eclipse of the year created a lot of buzz on the planet. People in some countries – mostly in South America – were able to see the moon better during the celestial event, others were not so lucky.
But thousands of kilometers above space, on the International Space Station (ISS), astronauts were able to capture the great event from zero gravity.
On Monday, European Space Agency (ESA) astronaut Samantha Christophoreti posted a picture of “Blood Moon” on Twitter.
Happy Monday from space! Were you lucky enough to see a lunar eclipse last night? We were! / Happy Monday from space! Were you lucky enough to see a lunar eclipse last night? We do! 3# lunareclipse2022# Mission Minerva# Lunar eclipsepic.twitter.com/RKJ49L4YAX
– Samantha Christophoretti (stAstroSamantha) May 18, 2022
“Happy Monday from space! Were you lucky to see the lunar eclipse last night? We were!” He said in his tweet, which was retweeted by ESA.
The image shows a partially visible moon as the earth moves between it and the sun during a full lunar eclipse.
Inside Another pictureThe moon is seen “playing hide and seek with our solar panels,” said Mrs. Christophoretti.
He docked at ISS on April 27 after being launched into space on a SpaceX Dragon capsule. This was his second flight to the space station.
The 45-year-old became the first woman in Europe to play a role in commanding ISS operations during the group’s six-month tenure.
A lunar eclipse occurs when the moon, earth and sun are aligned, the moon passes through the shadows cast by the earth. A full lunar eclipse occurs when the moon passes through the dark part of Earth’s shadow, known as Umbra, according to NASA.
A total lunar eclipse was not visible in India on the night between 15 and 16 May. It is found in many parts of the world, including South and North America, Antarctica, Europe, Africa, and the eastern Pacific Ocean.
At the time of the eclipse, the moon was visible in a reddish hue, in stark contrast to its normal milky white appearance. It emitted a red color just before the completion of the eclipse, so it was called “Blood Moon”.