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.
In these images, the Moon appears to be playing hide and seek with one of the International Space Station’s solar panels:
Samantha lives and works aboard the Space Station for her second mission, “Minerva”. Learn more about Samantha and the Minerva mission.