The world and lovers of observing astronomical phenomena at night witnessed a unique scene described as the most wonderful scenery in the sky with the appearance of what is known as the “giant blood moon”.
The phenomenon occurred just after 03:30 GMT on Monday, and the planet remained for several minutes in a center located between the sun and the moon.
At this time, the Earth’s shadow begins to gradually obscure the moon, temporarily giving it a shade of dark red.
The moon acquires this color through sunlight that reaches the moon, during a total eclipse, passing through the Earth’s atmosphere.
In the Brazilian city of Rio de Janeiro, the moon appeared almost orange at one point. The lunar eclipse coincides with a separate event called the “giant moon”, as the moon appears larger than usual as a result of its presence at its closest point to the Earth.
Blood moon observers recorded the best moment of the phenomenon from 03:29 GMT, at the moment when the total lunar eclipse began, and the phenomenon became visible in the western hemisphere.
The phenomenon remained for about an hour and a half after that, after the sun’s rays passed and reached the moon through the Earth’s atmosphere and the moon acquired its red color.
The phenomenon was also visible in Europe for a short time only due to the setting of the moon during the eclipse, however, in the Americas, the phenomenon was seen in its entirety in areas under clear skies.
This is the first of two lunar eclipses in 2022. The next will occur on November 8, 2022. It will be visible at least partly from Asia, Australia, North America, parts of northern and eastern Europe, the Arctic and most of South America, according to TimeandDate.com.
The year 2023 will also witness two lunar eclipses. The first will be from May 5 to 6, and the second will be a partial eclipse from October 28 to 29 and will be partially visible in Europe, Asia, Australia, Africa, North America, northern and eastern South America, the Arctic, Antarctica, the Pacific Ocean, the Atlantic Ocean, and the Indian Ocean.