Total lunar eclipse visible from Spain: best places to see it and when

Total lunar eclipse visible from Spain: best places to see it and when. Image: Bryan Goff / Unsplash

A TOTAL lunar eclipse will soon be visible from Spain according to the National Astronomical Observatory (OAN).

On Sunday, May 16, in the early hours of Sunday through Monday, there will be a total lunar eclipse visible from Spain and visible from across the peninsula and islands — but with differences, according to OAN.

The National Astronomical Observatory said that on the night of May 16, 2022, the eclipse can be observed in Spain with the naked eye and does not pose any danger or require any type of special instrumentation.

A lunar eclipse is a phenomenon by which the Earth blocks sunlight from reaching the Moon, generating a cone of shadow that darkens the Moon. Unlike solar eclipses, which can only be seen from a relatively small part of the Earth and only last a few minutes, a lunar eclipse can be seen from any part of the Earth where it is dark and lasts for several hours.

In the northeast of the peninsula and the Balearic Islands, the moon will set before the end of the total eclipse (so we will only see the beginning of the total phase, but not the end), while in the rest of the peninsula, the total phase will be seen in its entirety.

On the peninsula, Ceuta and Melilla it will not be possible to see the full extent of the eclipse because the moon sets on the horizon during this phase, but in the Canary Islands it will be possible to see this phase in its entirety.

During the total eclipse, the moon will not be completely black but will take on a reddish hue, due to some of the sunlight being deflected by the Earth’s atmosphere.

The fully eclipsed Moon takes on a characteristic reddish color due to the scattering of refracted light from Earth’s atmosphere, a phenomenon that has become popular in recent years as a “blood moon.”

The eclipse of the provincial capitals

The National Astronomical Observatory has made available to the public an interactive map where you can select the province you live in and which sequence of the eclipse you will be able to see and at what time. The phases of the eclipse marked in red indicate that at this time the eclipse is not visible because the moon is below the horizon.

If the horizon is not completely clear, the Moon will appear above the horizon later than indicated, approximately 5 minutes later for each degree of obstruction of the horizon in elevation, as indicated by

In related news, on Thursday May 12, astronomers unveiled the first image of the supermassive black hole at the center of our own Milky Way galaxy, produced by a global research team called the Event Horizon Telescope (EHT) Collaboration using observations of a worldwide network of radio telescopes.

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