The ‘Blood Moon’ also known as the “Flower Moon” lunar eclipse dazzled the world on Monday, May 16, 2022.
During a full lunar eclipse, the moon passes through the darkest part of the Earth’s shadow — the umbra.
When the moon is within the umbra it gets a reddish hue because blue and green light get more easily scattered by dust particles in the atmosphere and orange and red colors remain more visible, according to NASA. Lunar eclipses are sometimes called blood moons because of this phenomenon.
People in South America and in the eastern part of North America were expected to get the best view of the lunar eclipse. The total lunar eclipse was visible in much of Africa, Europe and South America and most of North America.
Stargazers around the world turned out to witness and capture the lunar event in images.
While the eclipse peaks for only a short amount of time, Petro said the moon would be bathed in coppery tones throughout the night, making it a particularly interesting celestial phenomenon to watch.
About two lunar eclipses occur each year, and the next will be a total lunar eclipse in November, Petro said. Then there will not be another total lunar eclipse until March 2025, he added.