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First lunar eclipse of the year on Jan 10

The flight of the Moon through the Earth’s shadow on Friday. Credit Adapted from NASA  GSFC  Fred Espenak The flight of the Moon through the Earth’s shadow on Friday. Credit Adapted from NASA GSFC Fred Espenak
Kristine Garrett | 09 January, 2020, 02:54

Unlike a total or partial lunar eclipse, the penumbral eclipse is a very subtle celestial event, when three celestial bodies - sun, Earth and moon - are not perfectly aligned in a straight line and the moon enters the Earth's partially shadowed region called the penumbra. This eclipse starts off the first eclipses of this year, four lunar and two solar. Moreover, the total duration of the Penumbral lunar eclipse's phases will be four hours, and four minutes, astronomer at QCH Dr. Beshir Marzouk said.

In a penumbral eclipse Moon will not enter the dark shadow (umbra) of the Earth, but the lighter-shadow (penumbral shadow).

The primary lunar Eclipse of 2020 will be a "penumbral Eclipse" where the Moon travels through the blackout, external piece of Earth's shadow. This will cause a slight shadow across the Moon's disc.

NASA has chose to call the very first eclipse of 2020 the 'Wolf Moon Eclipse.' The eclipse will be visible in India and many others in Asia, the eclipse will last for four hours and five minutes.

Queensland - Sunshine Coast, Brisbane, Gold Coast, Bundaberg, Toowoomba, Rockhampton, Townsville, Mackay, and Cairns starting at 3:07 am, with the maximum penumbral eclipse varying from 4:57 am to 5:10 am.

Sky enthusiasts may still feel the urge for experiencing this penumbral lunar eclipse, but have to then sacrifice a good night's sleep and also fearless the cold outside.

If clouds remain clear, the lunar eclipse can be seen from all parts of the country with naked eyes.

For watching a Lunar eclipse, one does not need any special eyewear.

The first penumbral eclipse of moon of 2017 is seen in Lahore, Pakistan, Saturday, Feb. 11, 2017.

India will likewise observe the penumbral lunar overshadowing of January 10.

This is a penumbral type of lunar eclipse occurring around the mid night between January 10 and 11.

And previous year, a attractive Blood Moon eclipse was visible over swathes of the planet, including India, on January 21, 2019. The penumbral eclipse will end at 2: 42 am.

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