The Moon will be completely eclipsed next morning

The Moon will be completely eclipsed next morning
The Moon will be completely eclipsed next morning

Madrid, May 15 (EFE).- The Moon will be completely eclipsed again next morning, an astronomical phenomenon that will be visible in the Canary Islands and in much of the world (in most of Europe, Africa and America), although the clouds they will make contemplation difficult in many places.

At 2:28 GMT the next morning (4:28 a.m. on the Peninsula), the Earth’s shadow will begin to overshadow the Moon and an hour later (at 3:29 GMT) the total eclipse will begin, which will It will last until 4:54 GMT in the morning, and at 5:55 am (7:55 am on the Peninsula) the satellite will recover all its splendor after one of the longest eclipses in recent decades.

The predictions of the State Meteorological Agency (Aemet) indicate that at that time the clouds will occupy a large part of the sky in many places on the Peninsula and in the Balearic archipelago, but the sky will be a perfect ally to contemplate the eclipse in the archipelago Canary.

There, the Institute of Astrophysics of the Canary Islands and several supercomputing centers have planned events to be able to follow the eclipse live and will also collaborate in the distribution of the retransmission that the sky-live.tv portal will do live from the different observatories of Canarias, a broadcast that will begin hours before with the projection of Teide’s shadow during sunset and moonrise from the Tenerife observatory.

In the peninsular northwest and in the Balearic Islands, the Moon will hide above the horizon before the total eclipse ends, so only the beginning of that phase will be seen, but in the rest of the Peninsula, in Ceuta, Melilla and in Canary Islands will be seen, if the clouds allow it, the entire total phase.

During the time that the total eclipse lasts, the Moon will not be totally dark but will acquire a reddish hue due to part of the sunlight being deflected by the Earth’s atmosphere.

Unlike solar eclipses, the observation of a lunar eclipse can be done with the naked eye, because it does not require special instrumentation to contemplate it, nor does it entail any danger.

Although it is the only star to which a manned mission has reached, the Moon still hides many secrets, including why the visible side and the hidden side are so different; unknowns and challenges that have reactivated the interest of several space agencies to return to the satellite and to scrutinize mysteries about its formation and its history.

And total eclipses are an opportunity for scientists to deepen their knowledge of the Earth’s satellite and try to better understand the complex events that took place during the formation of the Solar System, or to determine some fundamental parameters, such as the diameter of the Moon or the exact distance at which it is located.

Precisely, the reddish color that it acquires during the phase of totality makes it possible to measure properties of the Earth’s atmosphere, and the lower brightness of the Moon -despite being in full phase- facilitates the measurements that are made by bouncing a laser beam off the surface of the Moon and allows us to measure the time it takes for light to return to Earth.

In addition to Spain, several scientific institutions and space agencies have scheduled special events to mark this astronomical event and to disseminate some of the most relevant scientific aspects and projects of lunar exploration, among which the Artemis program – led by NASA – to return to the Moon with manned missions.

An astronomical phenomenon like that of the next morning will be repeated in some regions of the world on November 8, but a similar event will not occur in Spain until May 14, 2025. EFE

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