An eclipse at dawn from the Canary Islands

Sequence of the total lunar eclipse of 2018. / stars all

In the early hours of Sunday 15 May to Monday 16 May, you can enjoy this astronomical event from the islands' observatories

Next Monday, May 16,
from 03:27 (Canarian time) the moon will be covered in terrestrial shadow again, acquiring that coppery glow so characteristic of lunar eclipses and will continue its transit until it leaves the umbra of our planet.

Why do lunar eclipses occur?

This unique event occurs when our satellite transits through the Earth's penumbra. A fact that happens occasionally, due to the inclination of the orbit with respect to that of the Earth-Sun, in the plane that we know as «ecliptic». Unlike solar eclipses, lunar eclipses are visible from anywhere in the world, once the moon is above the horizon.

According to data provided by the
POTthe totality phase of the eclipse will last about 65 minutes (1h 24 min 53 sec) and will end at 05:55 UT (Universal Time) and will be seen in its entirety from the American continent and Atlantic and central Europe.

Live from the Teide Observatory

The European project
Interreg EELabs together with the collaboration of the Cabildo de La Palma and the
Society for the Promotion and Development of the island of La Palma (SODEPAL)will broadcast live, through the channel
sky-live.tv, the 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

The three Spanish supercomputing centers, being the Extremeño Center for Advanced Technologies (CETA-CIEMAT), the Consortium of University Services of Catalonia (CSUC) and the Institute of Astrophysics of the Canary Islands (IAC) will collaborate in the distribution of the retransmission of the web portal .

Laboratories to measure energy efficiency

EELabs is a project funded by the INTERREG Program and co-financed by the European Union's European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) that promotes the development of laboratories that measure the
Energy Efficiency of Artificial Night Light in protected natural areas of the Canary Islands, Madeira and Azores.

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