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Lunar Eclipse 2022: A look at the stunning pics capturing ‘Super blood moon’ of May 16

Lunar eclipse 2022: Here, we have put together some pictures of the eclipse taken from different locations so you can see what it looked like.

By: Tech Desk | Thalassery |
May 16, 2022 3:15:40 pm
This combination of photos shows the moon in various stages of a total lunar eclipse during the first blood moon of the year in Temple City, Calif. May 15, 2022. (AP Photo/Ringo H.W. Chiu)

The first lunar eclipse of 2022 was visible in many parts of the world earlier today. This is also called as a Blood Moon or a Super Moon. The full moon is closest to the Earth (supermoon) and it coincided with a full lunar eclipse (blood moon), which is why these names are used as well. While the Lunar eclipse was not visible in India, there are several pictures available of the event.

Here, we have put together some pictures of the lunar eclipse taken from different locations so you can see what it looked like.

Orange coloured Moon during Lunar eclipse 2022. The moon is shown during a full lunar eclipse, Sunday, May 15, 2022, near Moscow, Idaho. The orange color of the moon is caused by the Moon passing into the shadow of the Earth. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren) Earth's shadow obscuring part of the moon during the lunar eclipse 2022 The moon is shown with the earth’s shadow obscuring part of it during a lunar eclipse, Sunday, May 15, 2022, near Moscow, Idaho. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)

During the eclipse, it  looked like the moon had a faint reddish glow as the red wavelengths of solar light filtered through the Earth’s atmosphere to reach the moon’s surface and reflect back. During different moments of the eclipse, it also looked like the moon took on shades of orange and brown due to the same reason.

Unfortunately for stargazers in India and the rest of the Indian subcontinent, the eclipse was not visible from here. But that wasn’t necessarily a problem since the event was being live streamed from a variety of locations. Those livestreams are still available as recorded videos if you fancy a look.

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Moon emerging from the full eclipse during Lunar eclipse 2022 The moon is shown emerging from a full lunar eclipse, Sunday, May 15, 2022, near Moscow, Idaho. The orange color of the moon is caused by the Moon passing into the shadow of the Earth. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren) Lunar eclipse 2022 pictured here A lunar eclipse covers the moon as it rises Sunday, May 15, 2022, in Kansas City, Mo. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)

A particularly interesting livestream came from NASA Science Live, which featured a view of the eclipse from various locations, along with experts speaking on both the eclipse and the space agency’s plans to put humans back on the moon with the Artemis program. You can watch a recorded version of the livestream here. 

Lunar eclipse covering the moon as it rises beyond a convention centre. A lunar eclipse covers the moon as it rises beyond artwork on top of a convention center Sunday, May 15, 2022, in downtown Kansas City, Mo. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel) Lunar eclipse vcovering the moon as it rises beyond buildings in Kansas A lunar eclipse covers the moon as it rises beyond buildings Sunday, May 15, 2022, in downtown Kansas City, Mo. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)

For some regions where a full lunar eclipse was not visible, like parts of the Middle East and New Zealand, people could still catch a glance of a penumbral lunar eclipse. This happens when the moon turns slightly darker as the penumbra (between a perfect shadow and light) is cast upon the moon. This penumbral eclipse started a full hour before and ended a full hour after the partial eclipse.

A lunar eclipse covers the moon as it rises beyond a statue A lunar eclipse covers the moon as it rises beyond a statue atop the Liberty Memorial tower at the National World War I Museum Monday, May 16, 2022, in Kansas City, Mo. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)

This won’t be the last total lunar eclipse of the year. According to NASA’s calendar for lunar eclipses between 2021 and 2030, another total lunar eclipse is scheduled to happen on November 8 this year. But unlike the eclipse that happened earlier today (May 16), it is more likely that the one in November will be visible on the Indian subcontinent. Some parts of India will be able to witness the eclipse just as the sun sets and the moon rises.

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