What is a lunar eclipse?

Lunar eclipses occur when the Earth is located between the Moon and the Sun. This phenomenon can only happen during the full Moon phase. During a lunar eclipse, the Moon is immersed in the Earth’s shadow cone, therefore the light from the Sun no longer reaches its surface directly.

A partial lunar eclipse occurs when the Moon partially enters the Earth’s shadow. In contrast, a total lunar eclipse occurs when the Moon completely enters the Earth’s shadow.

The partial lunar eclipse of 28 Oct 2023

A partial lunar eclipse will take place on 28 Oct 2023 visible from different regions of Europe, Asia, Australia, Africa, North America, Much of South America, Pacific, Atlantic, Indian Ocean, Arctic, Antarctica. However, only 6% of the lunar disc will be covered by the Earth’s shadow. 

This eclipse can be observed throughout Spain during the early hours of the night on October 28, 2023. Observation of the eclipse will be possible with the naked eye and there will be no danger nor does it require any type of special instrumentation.

The eclipse time calculated for Madrid city:

Beginning of Penumbral Eclipse: 20:01

Beginning of Partial Eclipse: 21:35

Maximum Eclipse: 22:14

End of Partial Eclipse: 22:52

End of Penumbral Eclipse: 00:26

Se puede observar este eclipse en toda España durante las primeras horas de la noche del 28 de octubre de 2023. La observación del eclipse será posible a simple vista y no habrá ningún peligro ni requiere ningún tipo de instrumentación especial.

path of visibility of the 28 October 2023 partial lunar eclipse, created by Fred Espenak. Credit: F. Espenak, NASA’s GSFC, eclipse.gsfc.nasa.gov

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