The best photos of the total lunar eclipse that amazed more than 2 million people around the world

The best photos of the total lunar eclipse that amazed more than 2 million people around the world

How the total lunar eclipse happened, according to NASA

The total lunar eclipse has occurred and has amazed those who have had the opportunity to enjoy it from most of the continental United Statesas well as in the western reaches of Europe and Africa and in the eastern part of the Pacific.

The Moon rises behind the Temple of Poseidon, ahead of the lunar eclipse at Cape Sounion, near Athens, Greece (REUTERS/Alkis Konstantinidis)

The red tinting the whiteness of Earth’s natural satellite remained in this state for 1 hour 20 minutes. Then he began to uncover himself as he emerged from the cone of shadow emitted by the terrestrial sphere.

The full Moon passes through Earth's shadow during the lunar eclipse in San Diego, Calif. (REUTERS/Mike Blake)
The full Moon passes through Earth’s shadow during the lunar eclipse in San Diego, Calif. (REUTERS/Mike Blake)

The phenomenon It started at 10:32 p.m. and ended around 3:50 a.m. It lasted about 5 hours and 19 minutes.

At 10:32 p.m. the first phase of the astronomical phenomenon began, when the Moon entered the penumbra of the Earth.

The "Moon of blood" is seen next to the antenna atop the World Trade Center in New York (REUTERS/Eduardo Munoz)
The ‘Blood Moon’ is seen next to the antenna atop the World Trade Center in New York City (REUTERS/Eduardo Munoz)

A few minutes later, At 11:28 p.m. the partial eclipse began where our natural satellite began to darken more and more, by not receiving direct sunlight, which causes it to begin to stain a reddish color.

A combination photo shows the moon during a total lunar eclipse seen from Mexico City, Mexico May 15, 2022. REUTERS/Edgard Garrido
A combination photo shows the moon during a total lunar eclipse seen from Mexico City, Mexico May 15, 2022. REUTERS/Edgard Garrido

It was the most anticipated moment of the night, since the Moon took on an orange to reddish hue. This is because Earth’s atmosphere begins to deflect blue rays, allowing you to see the rays in red tones.

The "Moon of blood" view of Tinum, Mexico (REUTERS/Jose Luis Gonzalez)
The ‘Blood Moon’ seen from Tinum, Mexico (REUTERS/Jose Luis Gonzalez)

The reddish color adopted by the Moon is explained by the fact that the Earth’s atmosphere deflects the red rays of the sun towards the interior of the cone of shadow, and that the Moon can reflect them. From 0h29 the eclipse was total and dyed the Moon in red.

The moon is seen through the clouds behind the RT-70 radio telescope in the town of Molochnoye, Crimea (REUTERS/Alexey Pavlishak)
The moon is seen through the clouds behind the RT-70 radio telescope in the town of Molochnoye, Crimea (REUTERS/Alexey Pavlishak)

It should be clarified that, unlike a total solar eclipse, which often requires a long journey towards the path of totality, Lunar eclipses can usually be seen from anywhere.

The phenomenon could be fully appreciated in Santiago de Chile (REUTERS / Pablo Sanhueza)
The phenomenon could be fully appreciated in Santiago de Chile (REUTERS / Pablo Sanhueza)

The passage of the full Moon through the Earth’s shadow is also visible from all places in the hemisphere where the Moon is above the horizon.. And unlike a solar eclipse, which requires special viewing precautions to avoid eye damage, a lunar eclipse is perfectly safe to watch. All you need are your eyes, but binoculars or a spotting scope will give you a much better view.

The moon is seen during a lunar eclipse over the island of Gran Canaria, Spain (Reuters)
The moon is seen during a lunar eclipse over the island of Gran Canaria, Spain (Reuters)

There are three types of lunar eclipses: penumbral, partial and total. During a penumbral eclipse, the moon passes through the outer part of the Earth’s shadow, which is quite diffuse, so there is only a slight darkening of the moon’s surface.

Andrew's Orthodox Church is seen as the Moon moves into Earth's shadow in Los Angeles, Calif. (REUTERS/David Swanson)
Andrew’s Orthodox Church is seen as the Moon moves into Earth’s shadow in Los Angeles, Calif. (REUTERS/David Swanson)

A partial eclipse occurs when part of the moon enters Earth’s darkest shadow, or umbra, causing part of the moon to darken significantly. And a total eclipse, as one might have guessed, is when the entire moon enters the darkest part of Earth’s shadow.

The red moon seen from Skopje, North Macedonia (REUTERS/Ognen Teofilovski)
The red moon seen from Skopje, North Macedonia (REUTERS/Ognen Teofilovski)

A total eclipse also includes penumbral and partial phases when the moon makes its way into the umbra. The next lunar eclipse on May 15-16 will be a total lunar eclipse.

La Luna during the football match Cagliari vs Inter Milan (REUTERS/Alberto Lingria)
La Luna during the football match Cagliari vs Inter Milan (REUTERS/Alberto Lingria)

The next lunar eclipse will be on November 8 and can be seen in Europe and Africa. In South America, we will only see it partially.

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