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Lunar eclipse on May 16: how, when and where to see it

Latest NewsLunar eclipse on May 16: how, when and where to see it

Three people watch a partial lunar eclipse from A Coruña on November 19th.M. Dylan (Europa Press)

On the night from Sunday to Monday, the Moon will again cross the Earth’s shadow, acquiring a copper glow, so characteristic of lunar eclipses. This event will be visible from the Canary Islands from 03:27 (local time) and from 04:27 on the peninsula, where the moon will be eclipsed at dawn. From now on, it will continue its transit until it leaves the shadow of the planet. According to data provided by NASA, the total phase of the eclipse will last about 85 minutes. From all over the American continent, the Atlantic and Central Europe, the entire eclipse will be visible, according to the Institute of Astrophysics of the Canary Islands. For better observation, it is convenient to look for a clean place and away from light pollution.

Lunar eclipses occur when our satellite passes through the Earth’s shadow. This doesn’t happen every month because the Moon’s orbit is tilted relative to the Earth-Sun orbit in a plane known to us as the “ecliptic.” Unlike solar eclipses, lunar eclipses are visible from anywhere in the world when the moon is above the horizon.

“If we think we’ll have to wait until March 2025 from Europe to witness another total lunar eclipse, it’s worth getting up early so you don’t miss the red moon next Monday,” comments Miquel Serra-Ricart, IAC astronomer. .

As part of the dissemination activities of the European project Interreg EELabs and in cooperation with the tourist area Cabildo Insular de La Palma and the Society for the Promotion and Development of the Island of La Palma (SODEPAL) through the Program for the Promotion of AstroTurismo, the channel will broadcast live live projection of Teide’s shadow during sunset and moonrise from the Tenerife observatory. This connection will take place on the afternoon of Sunday 15 at 20:15 in the Canary Islands and another hour in the peninsula.

Three Spanish supercomputing centres: the Extremeño Center of Excellence (CETA-CIEMAT), the Consortium of Catalan University Services (CSUC) and the Canary Islands Institute of Astrophysics (IAC) will collaborate to spread the relay.

EELabs has five centers in Macaronesia (IAC, ITER, UPGC, SPEA-Azores, SPEA-Madeira). The goal of EELabs is to create laboratories to measure the energy efficiency of artificial night lighting in the protected natural areas of Macaronesia (Canary Islands, Madeira and Azores).

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