The lunar eclipse this week coincides with the first Full Moon of the year, the January Full Wolf Moon. On the night of the penumbral eclipse, the Wolf Moon will vanish into Earth’s shadow for about four hours.
When is the lunar eclipse? What time will the penumbral eclipse peak?
The eclipse will unfold this week in the evening hours of Friday, January 10.
The eclipse arrives a whole six months after the Moon partially disappeared into Earth’s shadow on July 16, 2019.
Before that, the same Wolf Moon tuned a rusty-orange hue on January 21 – a spectacular Blood Moon total eclipse.
This Friday, the Moon will enter Earth’s penumbral shadow around 5.07pm GMT (12.07pm EST) and wrap up by 9.12pm GMT (4.12pm EST).
Maximum eclipsing, or when the Moon is nearest to the centre of Earth’s shadow, will be around 7.10pm GMT (2.10pm EST).
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Will the lunar eclipse be visible from the UK?
The upcoming penumbral eclipse will be completely visible from the UK, from start to finish.
When viewed from London, eclipsing will begin around 5.07pm GMT when the Moon is still low on the horizon.
On Friday, the Moon will creep up over the northeast horizon only around 3.51pm GMT.
The Moon will then reach maximum eclipse around 7.10pm GMT, without completely entering the Earth’s penumbral shadow.
The Moon will then completely leave the shadow in the east-southeast skies around 9.12pm GMT.
Will the Moon disappear from sight during the eclipse?
Unfortunately, the Wolf Moon will remain completely visible through the eclipse because the penumbral shadow is very giant compared to the darker, umbral shadow.
You should, however, be able to see some dimming of the Moon by the time of the maximum eclipse.
The Royal Observatory Greenwich in London said: “Lunar eclipses of this kind are not as spectacular as a full-blown lunar eclipse when the Moon turns blood red as the Earth blocks almost all light from the Sun reaching the lunar surface and only the light filtering through our atmosphere is bounced back to us.”
There will not be another total eclipse of the Moon until May 21, 2021.
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How many eclipses can you see this year?
In total, astronomers are looking forward to six lunar and solar eclipses in 2020.
Four of these eclipses will be penumbral ones of the Moon.
The eclipses fall on January 10, June 5, July 5 and November 30.
On June 21, the Sun will almost completely disappear behind a New Moon for an annular eclipse.
The year will then come to an end on a high note with a total eclipse of the Sun over parts of South America and the Pacific.
How many Full Moons are there this year?
Friday’s Full Moon is just the first of 12 named full lunar phases. The named Moons are:
Here are all of the 12 named Full Moons you should look out for this year:
January 10 – Full Woolf Moon
February 9 – Full Snow Moon
March 9 – Full Worm Moon
April 8 – Full Pink Moon
May 7 – Full Flower Moon
June 5 – Full Strawberry Moon
July 5 – Full Buck Moon
August 3 – Full Sturgeon Moon
September 2 – Full Corn Moon
October 1 – Full Hunter’s Moon
November 30 – Full Beaver’s Moon
December 30 – Full Cold Moon