The first Lunar eclipse
of this decade is going to occur on 10-11 January, 2020. The penumbral eclipse will be partially visible in Asia, Africa, Australia and parts of Europe and Americas . The eclipse will last for about 4 hours beginning tonight and ending in the wee hours of 11th January.
The previous Annular Solar eclipse garnered a lot of attention from people all over the world. The Solar eclipse which occured on December 26, 2019, was one thing the whole world was talking about, partly because it was a very rare occurrence of a ‘ring of fire’ eclipse. And partly because it was the last eclipse of the previous decade.
How does a lunar eclipse occur?
Lunar eclipses occur the Sun, Earth and the moon are closely or partially aligned and the Earth’s shadow falls on the moon covering it fully or partially.
How is this eclipse any different?
The first lunar eclipse of 2020 is expected to be treat for everyone who is waiting for it. Although the eclipse is expected to be very subtle and barely noticeable, it will still be a one-of-its-kind event. This year’s eclipse will be of something that is known as the penumbral kind. A penumbral eclipse occurs when the moon passes through the outer shadow of the Earth, called penumbra. This lunar eclipse has gotten a lot of attention already.
What you should do and what you shouldn’t during an eclipse?
There are some bizarre myths associated with lunar eclipses. You may have heard of many in your lifetime. Bizarre superstitions like abstaining from eating food or looking at the moon directly damaging vision or eclipses being harmful for pregnant women or eclipses help in attaining salvation, still manage to get the best of people. However, there’s nothing to worry about the eclipse and you can go about your daily routine with relief. The lunar eclipses are harmless and can be looked at with ease, unlike the solar eclipses, which can damage your vision without a doubt.
What is lined up for
Eclipses and other astronomical events, very niche hobbies until now, have become a trend since a few months. Only a few days down 2020, astronomy lovers and space enthusiasts already have a lot to look forward too. With a ‘ring of fire’ and a ‘penumbral’ eclipse almost checked-off the list, there are five that are going to occur this year. The eclipses following this one, are all lined up in the second half of the year. The next solar eclipse is predicted to occur on 5th June 2020.
Indians get a good share in the astronomical events
geeks, too, have a lot to look forward to. According to the Jiwaji Observatory in Ujjain, three out of six eclipses this year, are going to be partially visible in India. Following tonight’s eclipse, India will be able to witness another lunar and a solar eclipse on June 5th and June 21st respectively.
Only tomorrow will tell if the penumbral eclipse will earn the awe of the people all over the globe. Only time can tell if astronomy will continue to be a trend or slowly fizz out in the coming times.