Stargazers across certain parts of the globe were desperate to see the Moon take on a red hue as the first and only Blood Moon of the year comes to fruition. As our lunar satellite moved out of Earth’s shadow, a red colour glossed over it. This is due to an effect known as Rayleigh Scattering.
This phenomenon is caused by Earth’s atmosphere filtering out bands of green and violet light, leaving just a red glow.
The Blood Moon was visible in the Americas, eastern Asia, Australasia and the Pacific.
Amateur stargazers expressed their delight at the showing.
One person said on Twitter: “Very cool to look up and witness the #BloodMoon lunar eclipse tonight. The simple delights of life.”
Another added: “Went trekking just for the partial glimpse of the blood moon!”
A third wrote: “The thing I love about eclipses is knowing how many people are all looking at the moon at once. It just feels so peaceful.”
However, the weather ruined the event for some.
One person complained: “Man I waited hours just for fog to ruin the blood moon.”
The last Blood Moon came in January 2020, meaning there was a 16-month wait between the last one and the one just gone.
However, there is only a 12-month wait until the next one in 2022.
Following May 2022’s Blood Moon, there will be one shortly after in November, which will be visible from Asia, Australia, North America, parts of northern and eastern Europe, and most of South America.
The next Blood Moon after that comes almost three years later in March, 2025.