15+ of the Most Spectacular Photos From the Worldwide Total Lunar Eclipse

The Moon on the evening of May 15, 2022, was a spectacular sight. It wasn’t your typical showing of the celestial body; that night, the world witnessed a total lunar eclipse. Known as the Super Flower Blood Moon, it marked the longest total eclipse in 33 years and was totally visible in western Europe, Central and South America, most of North America, and much of Africa. The entire event lasted approximately five hours.

For about 85 minutes, the Moon was completely in Earth’s shadow. Instead of turning dark, however, it transformed into a reddish-orange orb—hence the name “Blood Moon.” This phenomenon occurs when sunlight shines onto Earth and passes through our atmosphere and then onto the Moon. (It’s also what gives sunsets that same deep color). As if the incredible hue wasn’t enough, the moon was also larger than we’re used to seeing. This is the “super” part of the Super Flower Blood Moon, in which the celestial body was at its closest point to Earth.

The event brought many people outside, and photographers fired up their cameras in order to capture the Super Flower Blood Moon. Scroll down for some of the most mesmerizing photos from the night.

Did you catch the total lunar eclipse on May 15, 2022? If not, here are some of the most spectacular photos from it.

Known as the Super Flower Blood Moon, it was visible throughout the world.

It marked the longest total eclipse in 33 years and was totally visible in western Europe, Central and South America, most of North America, and much of Africa.

 

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For about 85 minutes, the moon was completely in Earth’s shadow.

 

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Sara Barnes

Sara Barnes is a Staff Editor at My Modern Met, Manager of My Modern Met Store, and co-host of the My Modern Met Top Artist Podcast. As an illustrator and writer living in Seattle, she chronicles illustration, embroidery, and beyond through her blog Brown Paper Bag and Instagram @brwnpaperbag. She wrote a book about embroidery artist Sarah K. Benning titled 'Embroidered Life' that was published by Chronicle Books in 2019. Sara is a graduate of the Maryland Institute College of Art. She earned her BFA in Illustration in 2008 and MFA in Illustration Practice in 2013.
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