In Photos: A Deep, Dark And Jaw-Dropping ‘Blood Moon’ Wows The World For 84 Magical Minutes

Did you see the “Blood Moon” total lunar eclipse?

Late on Sunday night and into the early hours of Monday a spectacular reddish color was visible on the lunar surface and the full “Flower Moon” drifted through the Earth’s massive shadow in space.

If left onlookers asking the same question—when is the next eclipse?

It was seen across the U.S. with those in the eastern half able to follow every phase of the eclipse while those in the western half had the joy of seeing a totally eclipsed Moon during the “prime time” hours of the early evening.

This total lunar eclipse was also a “supermoon” and appeared about 7% larger than the average full Moon, but that’s not what was spectacular about it.

During the eclipse the Moon traveled through the southern half of the Earth’s shadow. Consequently the Moon’s northern limb—which will be closest to the center of Earth’s shadow—became rather dark during totality.

As it moved through the constellation of Libra the reddish “Blood Moon” shone close to the red supergiant star Antares, the 15th brightest star in the night sky and unmistakably reddish when viewed with the naked eye.

The eastern half of North America was able to enjoy the eclipse during the middle of the night. With dark skies it was possible to see the Milky Way behind the “Blood Moon” as the stars of Sagittarius and Scorpius—which lay across the arc of our galaxy—rose in the southeastern sky.

In Europe and Africa the Moon became totally eclipsed only a few minutes before it set in the southwest, lessening the effect somewhat since a setting Moon is a reddish color anyway.

When is the next “Blood Moon?” The next total lunar eclipse is on November 8, 2022. It will also last for 84 minutes. Since November’s full Moon is sometimes known as the “Frosty” or “Beaver” Moon lookout for some epic names.

That total lunar eclipse will also have an 84-minute totality, though it actually lasts four seconds longer. That’s not common. In fact, according to 2022’s two total lunar eclipses are the most balanced pair of lunar eclipses in 430 years.

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Wishing you clear skies and wide eyes.

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