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This is what the lunar eclipse looked like from space | Digital Trends Spanish

An astronaut aboard the International Space Station (ISS) managed to photograph the impressive view of the lunar eclipse on Monday, May 16.

Recent ISS arrival Samantha Cristoforetti tweeted several photos (below) of a partially eclipsed moon, seen from the orbiting facility some 250 miles above Earth.

Happy Monday from space! Are you lucky enough to be able to see the lunar eclipse last night? We were! / Good Monday give it space! Avete avuto la fortuna di vedere l'eclissi lunare di ieri will it be? Noi yes! 🌘#lunarclipse2022 #MissionMinerva #LunarEclipse pic.twitter.com/RKJ49L4YAX

— Samantha Cristoforetti (@AstroSamantha) May 16, 2022

“A partially eclipsed moon playing hide and seek with our solar panel,” Cristoforetti wrote in a tweet accompanying the stunning images.

A partially eclipsed Moon playing hide-and-seek with our solar panel. / Eclissi parziale della luna che gioca a nascondino con il nostro pannello solare. 🌘 #lunarclipse2022 #BloodMoon #MissionMinerva pic.twitter.com/P7oYFcfTdA

— Samantha Cristoforetti (@AstroSamantha) May 16, 2022

A lunar eclipse occurs when the Earth comes directly between the sun and the moon, causing our planet to cast a shadow on our closest celestial neighbor. Partial lunar eclipses, where only part of the moon is shadowed by Earth, are fairly common, but full ones, like the one that happened over the weekend, happen less often.

The recent total lunar eclipse was best viewed from the Americas, though sky watchers in parts of Africa and Europe were also treated to the phenomenon.

The next total lunar eclipse will occur on November 8, 2022 and will be visible in parts of the United States and Asia, but after that earthlings will have to wait until May 2025.

European Space Agency astronaut Cristoforetti arrived at the space station for a six-month stay on April 26. His SpaceX Crew-4 traveling companions included NASA astronauts Kjell Lindgren, Bob Hines and Jessica Watkins.

The four astronauts, along with three others aboard the station, will spend their time conducting scientific research in microgravity, conducting spacewalks to maintain and upgrade the orbital outpost, and supporting spacecraft arrivals and departures.

ISS crew members will now turn their attention to the arrival of Boeing’s CST-100 Starliner spacecraft, which is preparing for its second test flight on Thursday, May 19, after a failed mission in December 2019. All being well, the uncrewed Starliner will dock with the space station on Friday for a short stay before returning to Earth on what is a crucial test mission for Boeing and NASA.

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