APOD: A Jewel on the Flower Moon (2022 May 18)

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APOD: A Jewel on the Flower Moon (2022 May 18)

Post by APOD Robot » Wed May 18, 2022 4:06 am

Image A Jewel on the Flower Moon

Explanation: Cloudy skies plagued some sky watchers on Sunday as May's Full Flower Moon slipped through Earth's shadow in a total lunar eclipse. In skies above Chile's Atacama desert this telephoto snapshot still captured an awesome spectacle though. Seen through thin high cirrus clouds just before totality began, a last sliver of sunlit crescent glistens like a hazy jewel atop the mostly shadowed lunar disk. This full moon was near perigee, the closest point in its elliptical orbit. It passed near the center of Earth's dark umbral shadow during the 90 minute long total eclipse phase. Faintly suffused with sunlight scattered by the atmosphere, the umbral shadow itself gave the eclipsed moon a reddened appearance and the very dramatic popular moniker of a Blood Moon.

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Re: APOD: A Jewel on the Flower Moon (2022 May 18)

Post by orin stepanek » Wed May 18, 2022 11:26 am

Being an early to bed guy; I kinda let APOD do the watching for me!
What a beautiful APOD it is Too!
Love this photo!
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Re: APOD: A Jewel on the Flower Moon (2022 May 18)

Post by NCTom » Wed May 18, 2022 12:05 pm

We were some of the unfortunate ones. A heavy cloud bank blocked the show at the one third mark.