Stunning time-lapse videos show the Super Flower Blood Moon in bloom

A reddish moon against a dark night sky
The moon turns red during the Super Flower Blood Moon total lunar eclipse of May 15, 2022, as seen by a telescope at the Griffith Observatory in Los Angeles, California. (Image credit: Griffith Observatory)

Haunting footage from two time-lapse videos show the moon growing dark.

The Super Flower Blood Moon lunar eclipse of May 15 to 16 saw the moon disappearing into the deep shadow of Earth, upon which the refracted light of our atmosphere fell onto the surface. In total phase, that produced an eerie red color.

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The Griffith Observatory in Los Angeles was among the institutions hosting livestreams of the event. A time-lapse from the observatory, which luckily had good weather and little smog, shows a tawny-red moon glowing like a ghost above the city of angels.

Coincidentally, the eclipse happened just one day after the 87th anniversary of Griffith's dedication and formal opening. The observatory paid tribute to the occasion in a tweet on May 14. Griffith is best known today for its public engagement and education to Californians and viewers of their webcasts.

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Also enjoying the sky show was the U.S. National Gemini Office, which captured the eclipsed moon in an all-sky camera, which sports a fisheye lens to maximize the visibility of meteors. This footage is in black and white, but the eclipse can't be missed. Once the moon passes into our planet's shadow, its brightness diminishes so much that you can see the much fainter band of the Milky Way, our galaxy.

"Note the very sharp decrease in brightness between 12 and 17 seconds," the office wrote on Twitter Monday (May 16). The view was taken from nearby the 8.1-meter Gemini Observatory South telescope on the summit of Cerro Pachon in Chile; its partner is Gemini North on the summit of Mauna Kea, Hawaii.

The lunar eclipse, the first of 2022 and with the longest total phase in 33 years, was visible in full (weather permitting) from the Americas, western Africa and Europe. 

The next full lunar eclipse will take place Nov. 8, peaking in the Pacific Ocean area and visible for skywatchers in the western United States, eastern Asia and Australia.

If you're hoping to photograph the moon, or want to prepare your gear for a total lunar eclipse, check out our best cameras for astrophotography and best lenses for astrophotography. Read our guides on how to photograph a lunar eclipse, as well as how to photograph the moon with a camera for some helpful tips to plan out your lunar photo session.

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Elizabeth Howell
Staff Writer, Spaceflight

Elizabeth Howell (she/her), Ph.D., is a staff writer in the spaceflight channel since 2022 covering diversity, education and gaming as well. She was contributing writer for for 10 years before joining full-time. Elizabeth's reporting includes multiple exclusives with the White House and Office of the Vice-President of the United States, an exclusive conversation with aspiring space tourist (and NSYNC bassist) Lance Bass, speaking several times with the International Space Station, witnessing five human spaceflight launches on two continents, flying parabolic, working inside a spacesuit, and participating in a simulated Mars mission. Her latest book, "Why Am I Taller?", is co-written with astronaut Dave Williams. Elizabeth holds a Ph.D. and M.Sc. in Space Studies from the University of North Dakota, a Bachelor of Journalism from Canada's Carleton University and a Bachelor of History from Canada's Athabasca University. Elizabeth is also a post-secondary instructor in communications and science at several institutions since 2015; her experience includes developing and teaching an astronomy course at Canada's Algonquin College (with Indigenous content as well) to more than 1,000 students since 2020. Elizabeth first got interested in space after watching the movie Apollo 13 in 1996, and still wants to be an astronaut someday. Mastodon: