When the satellite saw the lunar eclipse, it was 64 million miles (100 million km) from Earth, which is about 70 percent of the distance between Earth and the Sun. Hal Levison, the mission’s principal researcher and planetary scientist at the Southwest Research Institute, said that lunar eclipses are not very rare. They happen every year, but it’s not often that you get a chance to see them from an entirely new angle. Levison said that when the team realized that Lucy had a chance to see this lunar eclipse, everyone was excited.
Acting Deputy Principal Investigator Dr. John Spencer Said That capturing these images was truly an amazing team effort. Several teams worked closely together, allowing the Earth and Moon to be captured in a single frame.
2 seconds of first part of lunar eclipse timelapse The satellite took 86, one-millisecond exposure shots to compose. NASA has published this video on its website, in which the cross-sectional view of the eclipse looks spectacular.
This lunar eclipse took place on 15th May. This was the first lunar eclipse of the year, which was seen in London, Paris, Rome, Brussels, Johannesburg, Madrid, Santiago, Washington, New York, Rio de Janeiro and Chicago. Astronauts present on the International Space Station (ISS) also captured this lunar eclipse in pictures. European astronaut Samantha Cristoforetti shared several snapshots on Twitter. In these, different phases of the ‘Super Flower Blood Moon’ lunar eclipse prepared from the equipment of the space station were shown.
The duration of the lunar eclipse was more than 5 hours. It has been reported that the Moon remained in complete darkness for about 85 minutes, which is the longest time in 33 years. A lunar eclipse occurs when the Sun, the Earth and the Moon come in a straight line. In this situation, the moon has to pass through the shadow of the earth. During a total lunar eclipse, the moon moves into the darkest part of the Earth’s shadow called the umbra.