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Solar eclipse enthusiasts will be able to enjoy it in an unexpected place: Spain

Solar eclipse enthusiasts will be able to enjoy it in an unexpected place: Spain

Yesterday, North America witnessed its second major eclipse in seven years. Many people have been watching the eclipse with interest from the other side of the Atlantic. Surely more than one person is wondering when the next eclipse will come to darken their city or town. The answer could be “soon.”

Four eclipses in four years. during Next years At least four total or partial eclipses can be seen from Spain. Two of them will be total eclipses, and their entire occultation path will pass through the region.

First date: 2025. The first eclipse that awaits us may be the least noticeable. It will be a partial eclipse centered in northeastern Canada March 29, 2025.

Eclipse It will start in the morning and continue until the afternoon. The maximum blackness will depend on where we are: in A Coruña, for example, it will exceed 31%, while in Mallorca it will be around 10%.

2026, total eclipse. On August 12, 2026 an eclipse occurred He will tour the peninsula The Iberian and Balearic Islands (and will be partially visible from the Canary Islands). According to calculations, the route of the concealment trail will start from the northwest of the peninsula.

The eclipse will be visible in the afternoon (it will start here at 7:30 p.m. Peninsula time in Galicia) and will last practically until dusk. Within the concealment path are Asturias, Cantabria, La Rioja, the Balearic Islands, part of Galicia, the Basque Country, Navarra, Aragon, Madrid, Castilla-La Mancha, Catalonia and Valencia.

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2027, Back to Darkness. The second total eclipse in a row that will cross the peninsula will pass through the Strait of Gibraltar. August 2, 2027. Cadiz and Malaga, along with the autonomous cities, will be the only capitals that will be able to see the completely hidden sun.

The eclipse will be visible from all parts of the region, including the Canary Islands. Visibility will vary: from cities like Seville and Granada, where the eclipse will be almost total (99% occultation in the latter), to 73.1% in Gijón.

Annular eclipse of 2028 Those who are still excited will have a new eclipse to enjoy in 2028. This will not be total but annular (the relative distance with the Sun and Moon will be such that our satellite will not completely hide the disk of the Sun). It will happen on January 26, 2028.

The eclipse will be partially visible across the country, but the path of the annular eclipse will be limited to a band that will obscure parts of Andalusia, Extremadura, Castilla-La Mancha, Madrid, Murcia, Valenciana, Aragon, Catalonia and Spain. Balearic Islands.

“Fifth eclipse” in 2027. There will be another eclipse visible from the south. In January 2027. This will be an annular eclipse and will only be partially visible from the Canary Islands, Andalusia and the southern tip of Extremadura. The annular eclipse will be visible from the Southern Cone and part of the Atlantic coast of South America and in some countries in the Gulf of Guinea.

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