Large swathes of the planet were subject to a total lunar eclipse. It was possible to capture it on Earth but one astronaut shared photos taken from space.
A total lunar eclipse was also known as a “Blood Moon”, due to the reddish tint it takes when fully obscured. It was visible on four continents, and it was especially long-lasting. The totality was when the Moon was completely within Earth’s shadow and lasted almost 85 minutes.
DIYPhotography explains that even though this event was missed by photographers, another one is planned and will be visible in the United States and Asia.
Samantha Cristoforetti (an Italian astronaut working with the European Space Agency) captured a series photos of the lunar Eclipse from her unique perspective aboard International Space Station (ISS).
Cristoforetti captured the eclipse from her unique vantage point above Earth. The photo is shown in the above.
She continued to take stunning photos of the eclipsed Moon with the Earth in background and the solar panels from the ISS in foreground.
She describes her photos on Twitter as “a partially eclipsed Moon playing hide and seek with our solar panel.”
After launching from NASA Kennedy Space Center, she arrived at the orbiting station in a SpaxX Crew Dragon capsule called Freedom. Cristoforetti is joined by her team of NASA astronauts Bob “Farmer”, Kjell Lindgren and Jessica Watkins on the station to support the ESA’s Minerva Mission.
According to the ESA, Cristoforetti on the ISS is the USOS Lead and is responsible for all activities in the US Orbital Segment during her mission. This segment comprises the components and modules of the Space Station from Canada, the United States, Japan, Europe, and Japan. Her team will support many European and international orbital experiments.