Washington – Qena:
NASA has released a unique view of the moon, partially obscured by the Earth’s shadow, with parts of the International Space Station (ISS) in the foreground.
And NASA explained that astronauts on the International Space Station were unable to see the complete eclipse that lasted five hours on May 25, and did not see the blood moon turn red during the total phase of the lunar eclipse, which lasted for about 15 minutes.
“The Earth blocked them from seeing at this pivotal moment,” said Dan Hoot, a NASA spokesman at the Johnson Space Center in Houston.
However, 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 supermoon and the full flower moon for the month of May.
The total eclipse was visible from the western part of the Americas, the Pacific Islands, all of Australia and parts of East Asia.
During a total eclipse, which occurs when the moon passes through the dark inner shadow of the Earth, the moon appears red.
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.
“Although the astronauts on the International Space Station could not see the red moon, they had two opportunities to witness the partial eclipse,” Hoot explained.
The partial eclipse was visible from the space station at approximately 7:02 am EST (11:02 GMT), and the astronauts had a second viewing opportunity at 8:36 am EST (12:36 GMT), About 15 minutes before the partial eclipse ended with the moon emerging from Earth’s shadow, during both scenes, the International Space Station was over the South Atlantic.
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, and this means that the crew is on The board of the international station witnesses about 16 moonrises and sunsets every day, in addition to 16 sunrises and sunsets.