Millions of people in the Americas, Europe and Africa were able to see the reddish glow of a rare and spectacular sight in the sky on Sunday: a lunar eclipse known as “.”
This rare event occurs only when a number of conditions are in play. In addition to there being a total lunar eclipse, when the Earth is directly between the moon and the sun, the full moon must also be at its closest point to the Earth and can only occur in May. The moon appears “blood red” when the eclipse reaches totality. Last night, totality began shortly before 11:30 p.m. ET and lasted for more than an hour, until 12:53 a.m., according to POT.
While only parts of the world got to see the dazzling astronomical event, it was a sight to remember. This is what it looked like:
The earth moved through the path of the sun eclipsing the moon during the “flower super blood moon” eclipse as seen from Toronto.
The totally eclipsed “super flower blood moon” rises over lower Manhattan and One World Trade Center on May 15, 2022 in New York City.
San Salvador, El Salvador
View of the Salvador del Mundo monument next to the moon during a “flower super blood moon” eclipse in San Salvador, El Salvador.
San Diego, California
A full moon moves through the earth’s shadow during a “flower super blood moon” lunar eclipse in San Diego, California.
The “flower blood supermoon” is seen during a total lunar eclipse in Santiago, on May 15, 2022.
The “super flower blood moon” is shown during a full lunar eclipse near Moscow, Idaho. The orange color of the moon is due to the moon passing in the shadow of the Earth.
This combination of photos shows the “flower super blood moon” in various stages of a total lunar eclipse during the first blood moon of the year in Temple City, California.
A “super flower blood moon” rises over the historic center of the city of Mardin, famous for its stone houses, in southeastern Turkey, early Monday.