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First Lunar Eclipse of 2020 to Occur on Jan 10

Syed Umarullah HussainiWeb Editor

06th Jan, 2020. 04:01 pm
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Pakistan will witness

 The first lunar eclipse of 2020 will fall on January 10, There 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.

The lunar eclipse is expected to take place from around 10.00 pm to 2.00 am Pakistan Standard Time (PST).

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. 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.

However 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.

The other lunar eclipse this year will occur on June 5, July 5 and November 30.

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