There were shots of a total lunar eclipse from space, 100 million km from Earth

NASA's Lucy Mission successfully observed the total lunar eclipse in May 2022 from a unique vantage point of 100 million

km) from Earth. The project is being led by Dr. Hal Levison of the Southwestern Research Institute.

For several hours from May 15 to May 16, the Earth threwshadow on the moon. This total lunar eclipse was visible from most of the United States, as well as from deep space. Even though the Lucy spacecraft was very far away, it could watch the Moon disappear into the Earth's shadow, disappearing from view. To do this, the probe used a high-resolution imaging tool.

The diagram shows the relative positions of the Earth, Sun, Moon, and spacecraft Lucy during a lunar eclipse. Credit: Southwest Research Institute

Device "Lucy" L'LORRI, black and white cameraA high-resolution video created by the Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory took 861 millisecond exposures from 8:40 pm to 11:30 pm CDT on May 15 to create a time-lapse video of the first half of a total lunar eclipse.

“Although total lunar eclipses are not uncommon,they happen every year or so - it's not often that you see them from a completely new angle, Levison noted. “When the team realized that Lucy had the opportunity to observe this lunar eclipse as part of the instrument calibration process, everyone was incredibly excited.”

Spacecraft Lucy was launched on October 162021. It is now heading towards Earth for a gravity assist on October 16, 2022 to assist it on its journey to the Trojan asteroids.

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