Lunar eclipse 2020 in India: Date, time, duration and all you need to know!

Chandra Grahan 2020: The lunar eclipse will begin at 10:37 pm IST on January 10 and end at 2:42 am IST on January 11.

Created On: Jan 10, 2020 12:40 ISTModified On: Jan 10, 2020 12:40 IST
Penumbral Lunar Eclipse

Lunar eclipse 2020: The first lunar eclipse of the year 2020 will be visible on January 10, 2020. This would be a penumbral lunar eclipse or ‘Wolf Moon Eclipse’.

The penumbral lunar eclipse will be visible in India and other countries across Asia, Europe and Africa, except the United States, as it will be daytime there. This will be the first of the four penumbral lunar eclipses that are scheduled to occur this year.

Lunar eclipse 2020 time and duration

The lunar eclipse 2020 will begin at 10:37 pm IST on January 10 and end at 2:42 am IST on January 11. The total duration of the lunar eclipse is set to be 4 hours and 5 minutes.  

Lunar eclipse 2020 in India

The first penumbral lunar eclipse of 2020 will be visible across all states in India. It will also be visible in Asia, Africa, Australia, Europe and some north-eastern parts of North America, some eastern parts of South America and from the Indian and Atlantic Ocean.

What is a Lunar Eclipse?

The lunar eclipse occurs when the Moon passes directly behind the Earth, into its shadow. During this celestial event, the Sun, Earth and the Moon are very closely aligned with the Earth in between.

Types of Lunar Eclipse

There are three types of lunar eclipses:

1. Total: The total lunar eclipse occurs when the entire Moon falls in the Earth's umbra region.

2. Partial: The partial lunar eclipse occurs when only a portion of the Moon falls in the umbra region of Earth's shadow.

3. Penumbral: The penumbral lunar eclipse occurs when Earth blocks the sun’s light and covers all or part of the Moon with its outer shadow, penumbra.  

What is a penumbral lunar eclipse?

The penumbral lunar eclipse event occurs when the Earth blocks the sunlight from reaching the Moon and covers all or part of the Moon with the outer part of its shadow, the penumbra. The penumbral lunar eclipse is the most common and can occur many times a year. A total penumbral lunar eclipse is a rare event when the entire Moon comes into the penumbra region of Earth's shadow.

Why is lunar eclipse January 2020 being called as Wolf Moon Eclipse as well?

The January lunar eclipse will coincide with the full Moon, which will be the first full moon of the year. The moon, named after howling wolves, is called the Wolf Moon.

Lunar Eclipses in 2020: When is the next Lunar Eclipse?

There will be four penumbral lunar eclipses in 2020. The first one will take place on January 10, while the second would take place on June 5, third on July 4 and fourth on November 29. Among these, only the June 5 eclipse will be fully visible in India and November 29 eclipse will be partially visible.

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