On 10th January 2020 people from different counties will able to see one another mindblowing celestial event. The event is Penumbral Lunar Eclipse which is also known as “Wolf Moon Eclipse“. It’s the first Penumbral Lunar Eclipse of 2020.
What is a lunar eclipse?
In a lunar eclipse, Earth shadow blocks Sun’s light from reaching the moon. As a result, we can’t see the moon from the dark Earth shadow. Depending on the earth’s shadow lunar eclipses can be three types total, partial and penumbral.
So how a penumbral lunar eclipse is different and special?
Till now we know that during a lunar eclipse, Earth casts a shadow upon the moon. Earth can cast two types of shadows, umbra, and penumbra. The umbra is a full, dark shadow. The penumbra is a partial outer shadow. If you are not hoping for it you will not even notice it.
In the case of a penumbral lunar eclipse, the Moon becomes completely immersed within the penumbral shadow of the Earth. Unlike other lunar eclipses, this eclipse is a very narrow celestial event and hard to notice. The penumbral magnitude of this eclipse is only 0.895.
10th January 2020 Penumbral lunar eclipse time
The Eclipse will start on 10th January, but there are also several stages of this lunar eclipse which will start on different time periods. Based on the data provided by timeanddate.com,
- the Penumbral Eclipse will begin on January 10 at 5:07 pm and end at 10:37 pm IST(Indian Standard Time).
- The maximum eclipse will begin on January 10 at 7:10 pm and end on January 11 at 12:40 am IST(Indian Standard Time).
- The Penumbral Eclipse would end on January 10 at 9:12 pm and January 11 at 2:42 am IST(Indian Standard Time).
10th January 2020 Penumbral lunar eclipse Duration:
The Lunar Eclipse would continue for 4 hours and 5 minutes.
Where Will Lunar Eclipse Be Visible:
The Wolf Moon Eclipse would be easily visible from Asia, Australia, Africa, Europe, Much of North America, Pacific, Atlantic, Indian Ocean, and the Arctic except the united states, central Canada and the majority of South America.
How to watch Lunar Eclipse:
You do not need any special equipment to observe the lunar eclipse. Anyone can watch this event with naked eyes. However, a small telescope or even binoculars can help you to see the details.
When Will Next Lunar Eclipse Take Place?
If you are watching this article after January 10, then don’t need to worry. In 2020 three more lunar eclipses will take place on June 5, July 5 and November 30.
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