A stunning time-lapse photograph showing the May 15 total lunar eclipse and aurora above the South Pole Telescope in Antarctica.
The moon's phases are caused by changes in the amount of illumination from the moon that is visible from the Earth's surface as the moon orbits our planet each month. There are eight distinct phases every month, four of them occurring roughly a week apart. They are: the New Moon; Waxng Crescent; First Quarter (or half-full; Waxing Gibbous; Full Moon; Waning Gibbous; Last Quarter (half-full on other side); Waning Crescent. You can read definitions for these moon phases here. When the moon is full and at its closest point to the Earth in it's orbit, it is known as a "Supermoon." Lunar eclipses occur during full moons, when the moon passes through all or part of Earth's shadow. During New Moons, the moon can cover part or all of the sun's disk, creating a solar eclipse. Learn more about the moon's phases here.
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NASA's Lucy spacecraft, which is currently on its way to asteroids orbiting the sun at the same distance as Jupiter, watched the moon disappear during the total lunar eclipse on May 15.
Reference 2022 will experience two total lunar eclipses. The first occurred on May 15-16 and the second will happen on November 8.
Astronauts at the International Space Station enjoyed stunning views of the lunar eclipse on the night of May 15.
The Super Flower Blood Moon total lunar eclipse wowed stargazers and was the longest lunar eclipse since 1989.
The Super Flower Blood Moon of May saw the first total lunar eclipse of 2022 overnight on May 15 and 16 and the view was simply spectacular in these photos.
The first total lunar eclipse of 2022 has arrived! Here is what you can expect as you enjoy the celestial show.
It will be visible in parts of the Americas, Antarctica, Europe, Africa, the east Pacific, New Zealand, eastern Europe and the Middle East.
A total eclipse of the moon will occur tonight (May 15). Here's the weather forecast for the Super Flower Blood Moon.
NASA's Lucy mission, bound for asteroids that orbit the sun at the same distance as Jupiter, will watch the moon's reflected sunlight disappear during a lunar eclipse.
The Super Flower Blood Moon, a total lunar eclipse, occurs tonight (May 15). Here's what to know and where to watch.
A partial solar eclipse coincided with sunset in April 2022. This image tracks the movements of the sun and eclipse stages.
Here is every stage of the Super Flower Blood Moon of May 2022 with a timetable for the total lunar eclipse.
Retired NASA eclipse scientist Fred Espenak has been watching the night sky ever since he was eight years old, and plans once again to look up for the forthcoming lunar eclipse Sunday (May 15).
Reference A supermoon occurs when the full moon coincides with the moon's closest approach to Earth in its orbit. 2022 will experience four supermoons.