Lunar Eclipse 2020: Wolf Moon

India is going to see its first of four penumbral lunar eclipses of 2020 on January 10. The penumbral lunar eclipse is going to be seen or visible from Europe, Asia, Africa, and Australia. It will last 4hours and five minutes.

We know that lunar eclipse occurs when the Earth’s shadow blocks the Sun’s light. There are three types of lunar eclipses that are total, partial and penumbral. A penumbral lunar eclipse occurs when the sun, earth, and the moon are imperfectly aligned. In this, the Earth blocks some of the sun’s light from directly reaching the Moon’s surface and covers all or part of the moon with the outer part of its shadow called the penumbra.

In January 2020, the penumbral lunar eclipse will occur between the night of Jan 10-11 and it will not be differentiated from a full moon and will be completely visible in all Indian cities. The lunar eclipse will last from 10:37 Pm to 2:42 pm (IST). This type of eclipse is also called ‘wolf moon’.

The other eclipse will occur on June 5, July 5 and November 30, respectively. And in the next year i.e., 2021 it will on May 26.

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