NASA has published images documenting a unique scene of the giant blood moon eclipse from Earth orbit obtained by astronauts on the International Space Station (ISS).
Images released by NASA show the moon partially obscured by the Earth’s shadow, with parts of the International Space Station in the foreground.
Astronauts can see the partial eclipse intersect the Earth’s horizon, in one of its phases.
Unfortunately, astronauts on the International Station were unable to see the full five-hour eclipse on May 25, nor did they see the “blood moon” turn red during the total phase of the lunar eclipse, which lasted for about 15 minutes.
Dan Hoot, a NASA spokesperson at Johnson Space Center in Houston, told Space.com: Astronauts have not been able to document the whole phenomenon because Earth is blind to them at this pivotal moment.
“Because Venus’ moon occurred when the moon was near perigee, the closest point to Earth in its elliptical orbit, it appeared slightly larger than average, a phenomenon informally referred to as a ‘super moon’,” Hoot added.
Hoot said that although astronauts on the International Space Station were unable to see the red moon, they had two opportunities to view the partial eclipse.
Astronomical enthusiasts around the world witnessed the occurrence of a lunar eclipse, which some call the “giant wolf blood moon” on May 25.
The moon was covered with a very red shade when seen from the earth when it appeared in the sky during the eclipse scene.
People were able to watch the total lunar eclipse in the skies of the Americas and in parts of Western Europe, including Britain, as well as North Africa.
This eclipse occurs when the earth passes between the sun and the moon, so the sun hides behind our planet and the moon moves in the shadow of the earth, which is reflected by the sun.
This happens because the moon reflects light from every sunrise and sunset on Earth while our world’s atmosphere filters blue light, according to NASA.
The total eclipse was visible from the western part of the Americas, the Pacific Islands, all of Australia and parts of East Asia. During the total eclipse, which occurs when the moon passes through the dark inner shadow of the Earth, the moon appears red.
Some viewers on Earth were able to see the “blood moon”, also known as the giant blood moon flower because it combined two events: the giant moon and the full flower moon for the month of May.
It is noteworthy that the International Space Station, which orbits around the Earth at an altitude of about 248 miles (400 km) and a speed of about 17,500 miles per hour (280,000 km / h), completes one trip around the world once every 90 minutes.