Penumbral Lunar Eclipse on Duruthu Poya Day

Katie Ramirez
January 9, 2020

A lunar eclipse is an astrological phenomenon where the Earth blocks sunlight from reaching the Moon, either partially or totally.

The first lunar eclipse of the year 2020 will fall on January 10 this week.

A penumbral eclipse is a little hard to observe as it is usually darker.

Maximum eclipse, or when the Moon is nearest to the centre of Earth's shadow, will peak around 12.40am IST.

Astronomer Deborah Byrd of EarthSky.org said: "This penumbral lunar eclipse is not as striking as a total, or even partial, eclipse of the Moon". The light from the Sun that's refracted through Earth causes the Moon to appear a bit reddish.

This eclipse is visible to countries in Europe, Asia, Australia, Africa, Much of North America, East in South America, Pacific, Atlantic, Indian Ocean, Arctic.

Since the full moon can be seen directly without any protection for the eyes, there is no such need for taking special care for observing this eclipse.

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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. Therefore, during this particular eclipse you will see no dark shadow as in total or partial lunar eclipses, but only a reduction of the brightness of the Moon, Prof.

Sutak period takes 9 hours before the lunar eclipse.

As for the "wolf moon" portion of the name, it's called that because it's the first full moon of the year.

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

Unfortunately, due to Earth's orientation at that time, the eclipse will not be visible from certain parts of the world. Nevertheless, a subtle yet distinct shading should be visible across the Moon.

The eclipsing will then end around 2.42am IST when the Moon exits the penumbra. The Moon can likewise turn red during an all-out lunar Eclipse winning it the moniker of Blood Moon.

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