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.