Stargazers who stayed up late Sunday night and the early hours of Monday were able to view the dazzling “Blood Moon”. The moon was glowing red after a total lunar eclipse, which had the sun, Earth and moon form a straight line in the night sky.
The event is nicknamed the “flower moon” because the full moon is happening in the month of May. During the lunar eclipse, the moon crosses into the Earth’s umbra, resulting in its bright white shine to turn into a darker, redder colour. Out of all the lunar eclipses, more than a third of them are total eclipses.
To the human eye, during the partial lunar eclipse, it will appear as if parts of the moon are being swallowed by darkness. Once fully eclipsed, the moon’s darkness will become a visible reddish hue. Sunday’s eclipse lasted about 85 minutes. There will be seven more full moons in 2022, according to The Old Farmer’s Almanac.
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