Lunar Eclipse January 2020 Date, Time in India: India just witnessed the last solar eclipse of 2019 on December 26 but another celestial event is around the corner already. The first lunar eclipse of the year 2020 will fall on January 10, and it will be visible from India as well. According to NASA’s lunar eclipse chart, the event, also known as the “Wolf Moon Eclipse”, will be visible for around four hours. Here is everything you need to know about the first lunar eclipse of 2020.
Lunar eclipse 2020: Is this a total lunar eclipse?
This is a penumbral lunar eclipse, and no the Moon does not turn totally dark or go red in such eclipses. In total, four such penumbral lunar eclipses are expected to take place in 2020 with the first one on January 10, 2020.
In simple terms, a lunar eclipse takes place on a full moon when the Earth’s satellite passes through the planet’s shadow. In a total lunar eclipse, the entire Moon is located in the Earth’s umbra or dark shadow, and this, in turn, makes the Moon appears red in colour. Nor is this a partial eclipse, where a small part of the Moon is inside the Earth’s umbra.
In a penumbral eclipse, the Moon is in the penumbra (outer shadow, the grey zone) of Earth, which only casts a small shadow on the edges of the satellite. The Moon does not cross into the umbra, which is the darkest part of Earth’s shadow.
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It looks like 2020 will have four penumbral eclipses. There is no total or partial lunar eclipse this year, according to NASA’s data. In 2019, there was a total lunar eclipse and a partial lunar eclipse.
Lunar eclipse 2020: Timings, visibility in India
The lunar eclipse is visible in India and rest of Asia, along with Europe and parts of Africa as well. The eclipse will also be visible in Australia. According to timeanddate.com, the eclipse will start at 10.30 pm, with the maximum eclipse at around 00.40 am and it will end around 2.40 am in the morning on January 11. A lunar eclipse poses no harm to the eyes and can be viewed without any special equipment.