The spacecraft Lucy observed the lunar eclipse in space. Here's how it looks

20/05/2022
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Article by: Andacs Robert Eugen, on 20 May 2022, at 12:16 am Los Angeles time

NASA's Lucy spacecraft captured the total lunar eclipse on May 15-16, 2022, from space.

If from Earth, the Moon was bloody, well, from space it didn't look any different than usual.

However, the point from which he captured the eclipse is very unique, over 100 million km from Earth, when the Moon and Earth were only 0.2 degrees from Lucy.

Lucy captured this spectacular moment with the help of her high-resolution panchromatic camera, L'LORRI, which scientists expect to be used for future observations of the mission.

Observations lasted almost 4 hours, from 21:40. EDT on May 15 until 12:30 p.m. EDT on May 16, and NASA translated them into a 2-second mini video, in which we can see the Earth and its rotation to the left, while the bright Moon is to the right.

Lucy's mission to study Trojan asteroids is approaching the first observations with each passing day.

On October 18, 2022, the spacecraft is expected to return to Earth for a gravity assist, to help it to reach Trojan asteroids.

If you want to watch the video, go here: https://www.nasa.gov/feature/goddard/2022/nasas-lucy-mission-observes-a-lunar-eclipse