Peek-a-Boo Moon: Astronaut on space station captures spectacular photos of lunar eclipse


ESA astronaut Samantha Cristoforetti captured images of the May 2022 lunar eclipse from the International Space Station.

On the evening of May 15, 2022, Earth passed between the Sun and the Moon, blocking sunlight and casting a shadow on the lunar surface. ESA astronaut Samantha Cristoforetti witnessed this lunar eclipse from the International Space Station and captured it in a series of photographs.

During a lunar eclipse, the Earth’s atmosphere scatters sunlight. Blue light from the Sun scatters and longer wavelength red, orange and yellow light passes through, turning our Moon red.

Lunar eclipse from the International Space Station 1

An image of a lunar eclipse as seen from the International Space Station. Credit: ESA-S.Cristoforetti

In these images, the Moon appears to be playing hide and seek with one of the International Space Station’s solar panels:

Lunar eclipse from the International Space Station 4

A partially eclipsed Moon playing hide and seek with the International Space Station’s solar panel. Credit: ESA-S.Cristoforetti

Lunar eclipse from the International Space Station 3

A partially eclipsed Moon playing hide and seek with the International Space Station’s solar panel. Credit: ESA-S.Cristoforetti

Lunar eclipse from the International Space Station 2

A partially eclipsed Moon playing hide and seek with the International Space Station’s solar panel. Credit: ESA-S.Cristoforetti

Samantha lives and works aboard the Space Station for her second mission, “Minerva”. Learn more about Samantha and the Minerva mission.


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