First lunar eclipse over Qatar sky to occur on Friday

Pablo Tucker
January 9, 2020

NASA has chose to call the very first eclipse of 2020 the 'Wolf Moon Eclipse.' The eclipse will be visible in India and many others in Asia, the eclipse will last for four hours and five minutes.

Lunar eclipses occur on full moon days when the Earth comes between the Sun and the Moon, which results in obstructing some or all of the Sun's light from reaching the Moon. This means that the moon appeared larger and brighter (except during the lunar eclipse) than a regular full moon. The lunar eclipse is expected to take place from around 10.00 p.m to 2.00 a.m Pakistan Standard Time (PST).

The maximum eclipse will be visible at 12.40 a.m on January 10. As per time, the January 10 lunar Eclipse will be evident from Europe, Asia, Australia, Africa, Pacific, Atlantic, Indian Ocean, and Arctic area.

There are six eclipses in this year - 4 penumbral lunar eclipses, 1 annular solar eclipse and 1 total solar eclipse. But in the case of the penumbral lunar eclipse on Friday, there will only be a slight dimming of the lunar surface. Nevertheless, a subtle yet distinct shading should be visible across the Moon. The biggest of these events is the lunar eclipse, the first of 2019. After this, the third lunar eclipse will be from July 5 to July 6.

India will likewise observe the penumbral lunar overshadowing of January 10.

Queensland - Sunshine Coast, Brisbane, Gold Coast, Bundaberg, Toowoomba, Rockhampton, Townsville, Mackay, and Cairns starting at 3:07 am, with the maximum penumbral eclipse varying from 4:57 am to 5:10 am. After this, the moon enters the Earth's actual shadow planet, and when the moon enters the Earth's actual shadow planet, a lunar eclipse occurs.

The eclipsing will then end around 2.42am IST when the Moon exits the penumbra. Because it's not a total lunar eclipse, the Moon will appear somewhat odd during the phenomenon.

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