Pakistan will witness the first lunar eclipse of the year 2020 on night between Friday (January 10) and Saturday (January 11).
It will be penumbral lunar eclipse which Pakistan will witness as well as in different cities of Asia, Europe, Australia and Africa.
It will not be visible in the United States, central Canada and a majority of South America.
A penumbral lunar eclipse occurs when the Sun, Earth, and the Moon are imperfectly aligned. When this happens, the Earth blocks some of the Sun’s light from directly reaching the Moon’s surface.
According to details, the eclipse will start at 10:07 pm and will become a full eclipse at 12:07 am.
The eclipse will come to an end at 2:12 am and the moon will emerge from the shadow of the earth.
Four penumbral lunar eclipses scheduled to take place in 2020.
Lunar eclipse, also known as the Wolf moon eclipse, is a celestial event that occurs when the Earth comes between the Sun and the Moon, which results in obstructing some or all of the Sun’s light from reaching the Moon.
During the eclipse, 90 per cent of the moon’s surface will partially covered by the Earth with only the outer part of the shadow appearing.
This is a penumbral lunar eclipse, and no the Moon does not turn totally dark or go red in such eclipses.
Four Lunar Eclipse in 2020
In total, four such penumbral lunar eclipses 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.
Total lunar eclipse, the entire Moon is located in the Earth’s umbra or dark shadow
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.
The other lunar eclipse this year will occur on June 5, July 5 and November 30.