JACKSON, Wyo. — The night sky put on a show last night with a total lunar eclipse and the first Supermoon of 2022. Starlink was also visible in the sky over Jackson Hole.

 A lunar eclipse occurs when Earth stands directly between the moon and the sun, casting its shadow on the moon. A total lunar eclipse is when the moon is fully covered by the shadow, giving the moon a red tint, known as a “blood moon.” 

The moon began rising at about 8:32 p.m. last night. The total eclipse began at about 9:29 p.m., the maximum eclipse when the moon is closest to the center of the shadow occurred at 10:11 p.m. Totality ended at about 10:53 p.m.

Last night’s full moon was also the first supermoon of 2022, kicking off four consecutive months of supermoons.

According to the Old Farmer’s Almanac, a supermoon is a new or full moon that occurs when the moon is near perigee, or the point in the Moon’s orbit where it is closest to Earth.

Lindsay Vallen is a Community News Reporter covering a little bit of everything; with an interest in politics, wildlife, and amplifying community voices. Originally from the east coast, Lindsay has called Wilson, Wyoming home since 2017. In her free time, she enjoys snowboarding, hiking, cooking, and completing the Jackson Hole Daily crosswords.