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Full Lunar Eclipse Brings Rare ‘Super Blood Moon’

Full Lunar Eclipse Brings Rare ‘Super Blood Moon’

Tuesday, 17 May, 2022 - 06:45
A full moon rises above the iconic Haghia Sophia in Istanbul, Turkey, early Monday, May 16, 2022. (AP)

One of our planet's most stunning sights came to the skies - a super blood Moon, reported BBC.

In the year's only full lunar eclipse, Earth came between the Sun and the Moon.

Falling fully into Earth's shadow, the Moon slowly darkened before turning dusky red.

It was visible with the naked eye before dawn on Monday in most of Europe. The Americas got a great view on Sunday evening.

The Moon appeared larger than usual because it was at its closest point to Earth of its orbit, giving it the name super Moon.

It was also called a super flower blood Moon. In the Northern Hemisphere, a full moon in May is often called a flower Moon because it coincides with the Spring flowers.

The only sunlight reaching the Moon during the full eclipse passed through the Earth's atmosphere.

This light was blood red, from all Earth's sunrises and sunsets reflected on to the Moon's surface, explains Dr. Gregory Brown, astronomer at the Royal Observatory in Greenwich, London.

"You'll actually be seeing every sunrise and every sunset occurring around the Earth at once. All that light will be projected on to the Moon," he told BBC News before the eclipse.

On Monday, western parts of Europe got a good but short view as the Moon sets during the eclipse. Between 02:30 and 04:30 BST, people saw the moon falling into shadow before glowing red; it was visible in Africa too.

In the UK, watching from a high vantage point like a hill or tall building was essential because of the Moon's very low position in the sky.

The UK got a better view of the earlier part of the eclipse, Dr. Brown explained.

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