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"Blood Moon" From The International Space Station

"Blood Moon" From The International Space Station

An astronaut in space captured haunting photographs of Friday's total lunar eclipse, also called a blood moon because of its eerie orange-red color.

In the short time the European Space Agency astronaut has been in orbit, he's done some stunning photography of Earth and the moon.
On Friday, Gerst watched and photographed the eclipse from his temporary home about 250 miles above the planet.
Here are a few pictures he snapped, plus some other share-worthy imagery he's recorded over the past eight weeks.

On July 27, 2018 — when the moon was eclipsed by Earth's shadow — Gerst was ready. The core of the planet's shadow, called the umbra, colored the moon red because of the way Earth's atmosphere refracts the sun's light.

The moon was in totality (fully shadowed by the umbra) for nearly an hour and 43 minutes. Views during the partial eclipse, when the moon is in Earth's outer shadow, or penumbra, were equally haunting.
Gerst managed to snap a handful of pictures before the blood moon wrapped up.

"Caught the moon leaving Earth's core shadow, just before setting over the South Atlantic," Gerst said of this photo. "Last photo of the lunar eclipse taken from ISS."

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