Astronaut Captures Lunar Eclipse from the International Space Station

On Monday, large parts of the Earth were subject to a total lunar eclipse. And while there were many excellent opportunities to photograph it from Earth, one astronaut shared her photos that were taken from space.

The total lunar eclipse was visible on four continents, and it was especially long-lasting. The totality, which is when the Moon was fully inside of Earth’s shadow, lasted for nearly 85 minutes.

DIYPhotography notes that if photographers missed this particular opportunity to capture the event, another is scheduled to take place on November 8, 2022, and will be visible in parts of the United States and Asia.

Samantha Cristoforetti, an Italian astronaut with the European Space Agency, captured a series of photos of the lunar eclipse from her unique perspective aboard the International Space Station (ISS).

Cristoforetti captured the eclipse from her unique perspective above the Earth. As you can see in the image, Cristoforetti is able to show the Earth and the moon below.

Cristoforetti took stunning photos of the moon eclipsed with the Earth and solar panels from the ISS.

Lunar eclipse from the ISS

Lunar eclipse from the ISS

Lunar eclipse from the ISS

“A partially eclipsed Moon playing hide-and-seek with our solar panel,” she says, describing her photos on Twitter.

Cristoforetti is currently on her second mission to the ISS following a successful 200 days in space from November 23, 2014 through June 11, 2015. She arrived on the orbiting space station on April 27 after lauching from the NASA Kennedy Space Center in a new SpaxX Crew Dragon capsule named Freedom. Cristoforetti and her team, made up of NASA astronauts Bob “Farmer” Hines, Kjell Lindgren, and Jessica Watkins, are on the space station for the ESA’s Minerva Mission.

The ESA explains that on the ISS, Cristoforetti is the USOS lead who is responsible for all activities within the US Orbital Segment for the duration of her mission. This segment includes the United States, European, Japanese, and Canadian modules and components of the Space Station. She and her team will support numerous European and international experiments in orbit.

Image credits: Samantha Cristoforetti, ESA