AP PHOTOS: A lunar eclipse delights astronomers in the Americas

By Associated Press

May 16, 2022 GMT

A total lunar eclipse provided a spectacular celestial spectacle as it unfolded from Sunday evening to Monday morning in the Americas.

The eastern half of North America and all of Central and South America were prime locations to view the eclipse, while partial stages were visible across Africa, Europe and the Middle East.

Among those watching the eclipse where the skies were clear were residents of Buenos Aires, Argentina, who bundled up in the cool night and relaxed on blankets in a park to watch the event. In Caracas, Venezuela, some people brought laser pointers as a crowd gathered to watch.

The moon was bathed in the red and orange reflections of Earth’s sunsets and sunrises for about 1.5 hours, one of the longest totalities of the decade. It was the first so-called “blood moon” in a year.

A total eclipse occurs when the Earth passes directly between the moon and the sun and casts a shadow on the lunar surface. The moon was 225,000 miles (362,000 kilometers) away at the height of the eclipse, around midnight on the east coast of the United States.

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There will be another long total lunar eclipse in November, with Africa and Europe being the best places to see it, but not the Americas. Then the next one isn’t until 2025.

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