Parts of the world were treated to a lunar eclipse, which lasted longer than usual, on Tuesday morning. The spectacle stunned skywatchers and came as more than 70 percent of the moon was covered by Earth’s shadow.
A partial lunar eclipse occurs when part of the moon is covered by Earth. During a total lunar eclipse, all of the moon’s surface is covered by Earth’s shadow. NASA-clad astronomy junkies and other onlookers around the world basked in a light-colored ethereal glow as the moon “shimmered,” according to the National Weather Service.
Some of the eclipse’s effects were bizarre, such as the glowing moon being about as hot as a piano after being illuminated by Earth’s sun. Another stargazer reported the moon covering their face with rainbow-like color effects, including purplish and dark “yellow plums.” The National Weather Service said some of those colors may be because the atmosphere is still adapting to the lunar eclipse.
“The sky might look like a prism washed with black because of the length of the shadow,” the weather service said.
Skywatcher John Richardson said the eclipse was unlike any he had seen before. While watching from the Hope Valley Museum in Arizona, Richardson “had no idea it was going to be that great,” he told Gizmodo. “I was amazed at how it just glowed. It was a few hours before I could actually see the full moon again, so it’s a day I’ll never forget.”