The Ultimate Guide to Prime Locations and Optimal Times for Observing It

Today, a special astronomical event is set to occur – a solar eclipse on Monday, April 8. During a solar eclipse, the Sun and Moon align with the Earth, creating a breathtaking display visible to the naked eye (with proper eye protection). While solar eclipses are not uncommon, this particular event has generated excitement due to its rarity – the next similar eclipse is not expected until 2052.

Primarily affecting North America, with areas in the United States, Canada, and Mexico experiencing darkness, this eclipse will also be partially visible in parts of Central America. For those in Spain, particularly in the westernmost regions of Galicia and the Canary Islands, there is a chance to catch a glimpse of the eclipse, although it will not be a total eclipse and visibility may be challenging due to the timing close to sunset.

A web page is available to accurately display information about the eclipse worldwide, allowing people to determine the extent of visibility in their area. The website functions like a Google Maps for eclipses, showing the path of the eclipse, where it will completely cover the Sun, and where it will be partially visible. By clicking on specific locations, users can see what to expect during the eclipse.

For example, in Santiago de Compostela, the eclipse will begin at 9:02 p.m., just before sunset at 9:09 p.m., providing a brief window to witness the partial eclipse. In Santa Cruz de Tenerife, a slightly longer viewing opportunity is anticipated.

Although most Spaniards may have to wait until the next partial solar eclipse in 2025, the experience of a total eclipse like the one occurring in North America today will require waiting until August 12, 2026. So, for those eager to witness a rare celestial event, this solar eclipse on April 8 is a moment not to be missed.