Year’s first lunar eclipse on January 10

Katie Ramirez
January 7, 2020

Various factors affect the appearance of the Moon during a total lunar eclipse. Precession is a phenomenon by which the solid outer shell of a body such as the moon, in close proximity to a much larger body such as the Earth, wobbles in response to the Earth's gravity.

In 2020, the Wolf Moon happens to coincide with an eclipse-the first of six expected this year and the second of the current eclipse season, following the December 26 solar eclipse. In some parts of the world, the moon will appear dim and easy-to-photograph, while in North America, we'll see a glowing orange moon.

This is because this particular eclipse happens to be a penumbral lunar eclipse.

Like all planets that orbit a star, Earth casts a shadow about 870,000 miles out into space.

During a total eclipse, the Moon completely enters the darkest shadow cast by Earth - the umbral shadow or umbra.

How does a lunar eclipse happen? What time will the penumbral eclipse peak?

A partial lunar eclipse takes place when the Earth comes between the Sun and the Moon, but covers only a part of Moon, leaving the other part visible.

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Unlike Solar Eclipse, you do not need any special instrument to view the lunar eclipse and it can be enjoyed with naked eyes. It doesn't turn red or orange, but it's a pretty odd sight nonetheless.

The eclipse occurs at 2:21 p.m. ET.

The eclipse will not be visible in the U.S., however, the Asian, African, and the European nations along with Australia will have a full view of the eclipse.

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The Royal Observatory Greenwich in London said: "Lunar eclipses of this kind are not as spectacular as a full-blown lunar eclipse when the Moon turns blood red as the Earth blocks nearly all light from the Sun reaching the lunar surface and only the light filtering through our atmosphere is bounced back to us".

When the daylight occurs, the moon will still be beneath our horizon, and this is why we won't be able to see the lunar event.

How many Full Moons are there this year? The Moon rocks inside this tube have remained untouched since they were collected on the surface and brought to Earth by Apollo astronauts almost 50 years ago. The eclipse will last 4 hours and 5 minutes overall and will be visible from Africa, Europe, Asia, Alaska, and Australia.

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