A penumbral lunar eclipse is in store for January 2020.
The very first lunar eclipse of the decade is expected to happen this week. The bad news is that The Americas will not be able to witness it as it happens on Friday, January 10th. The good news is that it can be watched online.
The “Wolf Moon” is the nickname given to a full moon in January. The exact origins of the nickname are unclear. It is a normal full moon to the inexperienced eye. What makes the January 2020 lunar eclipse special is the penumbral lunar eclipse, mainly visible in Europe, Africa, Asia and Australia.
A penumbral lunar eclipse isn’t as special as a total eclipse since the moon is just caught in the Earth’s out shadow (penumbral eclipse). A slight darkening of the moon can be noticed during the celestial event. It’s a subtle effect that takes a pair of keenly expert eyes to recognise.
A penumbral eclipse can be fun to observe from a good view point. The live online feed from the Virtual Telescope Project will start from 9am PT on Friday. It will show the skyline over Rome. The eclipse Is the first one of the four penumbral eclipses expected in 2020 with the next one occurring on June 5th 2020.
The next total lunar eclipse is not expected until May 2021.