Monday, 24 February, 2020

Watch Out for the 'Full Wolf Moon Eclipse' Happening This Friday

Reverse map of where the Earth's shadow on the moon will be visible on 10 January 2020 around the world. Image Reverse map of where the Earth's shadow on the moon will be visible on 10 January 2020 around the world. Image
Sandy Nunez | 08 January, 2020, 00:54

The first lunar eclipse of 2020 will be a "penumbral eclipse" where the Moon moves through the faint, outer part of Earth's shadow.

Lunar eclipse happens when the moon passes through the shadow of the Earth which can only occur during a full moon. It obscure's the Sun's light and causes a shadow of the Earth to fall on the Moon's surface.

The lunar eclipse will be visible in countries across Europe, Africa and Asia as well as Australia.

The next total eclipse visible from the United Kingdom won't be for another ten years, when Britain is perfectly positioned to witness one on the night of 20 December 2029. Even if we won't be able to catch the moment of the full moon, and the moment when the eclipse happens, we will still be able to see the bright side of the moon, once the sun goes down. Though Blue Moons appear about every two or three years, NJ.com reported that space lovers will have to wait till 2039 to witness the next Blue Moon on Halloween. When the eclipse is at its peak, the Moon's outer disc will fall underneath the Earth's shadow, however not utterly.

The name of Wolf Moon comes from Native American cultures and a time when wolves were a top predator across North America, including what today is Pennsylvania.

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When it comes to the timing, the reports suggest that the lunar eclipse will take place from around 10.30 PM to 2.30 AM.

According to religious beliefs, one should remember God at the time of lunar eclipse or solar eclipse. However, people residing in the United States won't be able to see the penumbral lunar eclipse as it will be daylight in that part of the region. The maximum eclipse timing will be 12:42 am on January 11.

Nor is this a partial eclipse, where a small part of the Moon is inside the Earth's umbra. The annual solar eclipse - "Ring of Fire'Each month, the distance between the Earth and the Moon changes as the latter circles the former".

Lunar eclipses are much more common than solar eclipses, but are still a sight to behold.

Other names include Pink Moon (April), Flower Moon (May), Strawberry Moon (June), Buck Moon (July), Sturgeon Moon (August), Full Corn Moon (September), Hunter's Moon (October), Beaver Moon (November) and Cold Moon (December).