We won’t see anything like it from Europe until 2025. The lunar eclipse will begin at 04:27 on Monday, May 16 on the peninsula, one hour off the Canary Islands
“If we think that from Europe we will have to wait until March 2025 to witness another total lunar eclipse, it is worth waking up early so as not to miss the red moon next Monday”, comments Miquel Serra-Ricart, astronomer at the IAC.
Astronomical phenomena generally do not take us into account. The weather is bad for ordinary mortals, but the event is unique. In the early hours of May 15th to Monday, May 16th, this time the Moon will turn red until it completely eclipses. We often hear news about red moons that are just a metaphor, this one will be.
On Monday, May 16, starting at 02:27 UT, the Moon will once again cross the Earth’s shadow, taking on the coppery glow so characteristic of lunar eclipses. This event will be visible from the Canary Islands from 03:27 h (Canary Islands local time); and in the Peninsula, where it will dawn with the moon eclipsed, from 04:27 h. From that moment on, it will continue its transit until it leaves the umbra of our planet.
Why does the eclipse happen?
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 with respect to the Earth-Sun orbit, in the plane we know as the “ecliptic”. Unlike solar eclipses, lunar eclipses are visible from anywhere in the world when the Moon is above the horizon.
According to data provided by NASA (see report), the totality phase of the eclipse will last about 65 minutes (1h 24 min 53 sec) from 02:27 UT (in universal English time, plus 1 hour in the Canary Islands and another 2 hours in the Peninsula and Balearic Islands, during daylight saving time) and ending at 05:55 UT. The Moon will begin to eclipse – enter Earth’s shadow – at 02:27 UT. From all over the American and Atlantic continent and from central Europe, the eclipse can be observed in its entirety.
Long live the shadow of Teide
Within the dissemination activities of the European project Interreg EELabs and with the collaboration of the tourism area of the Cabildo Insular de La Palma and the Society for the Promotion and Development of the Island of La Palma (SODEPAL)through the AstroTurismo Promotion Program, the channel sky-live.tv will broadcast, live, the projection of the shadow of Teide during sunset and moonrise from the Tenerife observatory. This connection will take place on the afternoon of Sunday 15th at 19:15 UT (20:15 in the Canary Islands and another 1 hour in the Peninsula). The cameras will continue to transmit and, starting at 02:15 UT (03:15 in the Canaries and 04:15 in the Peninsula), they will follow the totality phase with explanations from Dr. Miquel Serra-Ricart, astronomer at the IAC.