First lunar eclipse of the New Year will take place: Live. The first celestial event of 2020, the penumbral lunar eclipse, will take place on 10 January and skywatchers from all corners of India, including West Bengal, will be able to witness the phenomenon.
The eclipse will begin on Friday (January 10) at 10:37 p.m. and end about 2:42 a.m. on Saturday (January 11), MP Director Birla Planetarium, Debiprosad Duari, said in a statement on Wednesday.
Friday’s lunar eclipse will be the first of four penumbral lunar eclipses this year, Duari said, adding that the other three penumbral lunar eclipses will take place on June 5, July 5, and November 30.
The penumbral lunar eclipse will also be apparent from Asia, Africa, Australia, and Europe from different countries, he added.
The Moon passes through the central part of the Earth’s shadow, called the umbra, in a typical lunar eclipse, and one observes the lunar disc’s substantial darkening.
But in the case of the penumbral lunar eclipse of January 10, there will only be a minor dimming of the lunar surface, Duari said in the article.
“It is sometimes a little difficult for a naked eye to recognize a penumbral lunar eclipse, although it is interesting to see the Moon’s larger than usual appearance and the four-hour shifts in the shadow,” the renowned astrophysicist said.
Asked if the event would be clearly visible from Kolkata, Duari said the skygazers across Bengal will only be able to witness the celestial event if there is no spoilsport in the weather. News report on First lunar eclipse of the New Year will take place: Live.
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