Lunar Eclipse January 2020: All you need to know

A solar eclipse is a celestial event when the earth blocks the sun from direct contact with the moon and, in a way, creates an imperfect alignment of the three solar created - day, moon, and soil.

January 10, 2020, will be one such day when the sky is looking around the world will see one of the first lunar eclipses for the year, which will be penumbral. In total, there will be four such lunar eclipses through the year, taking place on June 5, July 5 and November 30. The week of January 10 can be viewed from parts of the world such as Asia, Europe, Australia, and Africa .

What happens during a lunar eclipse?

During the eclipse, 90 percent of the moon's surface is partially covered by the Earth with only the outer part of the shadow. While the penumbral lunar eclipses are usually a bit darker, they are not easily recognizable in a regular month of sight but are easy to see, provided the sky is clear.

While making a vision sure, here's what you need to know about this mysterious celestial event:

Depending on the location, the hours for the moon rise and sight may vary. The total duration of the eclipse is 4 hours, 5 minutes. It is also known as a wolf moon eclipse.

The penumbral lunar eclipse of January 2020, which will take place between the evenings of January 10-11, will be fully visible in almost all Indian cities. The eclipse will last from 10.37 pm to 2.42 am Hourly Time (IST)

Are there any precautions to remember?

Whenever an eclipse appears, it's a lot of caution. According to experts, it is perfectly safe to look at a lunar eclipse with naked eyes. There are two phases of the passing of the lunar eclipse: the partial phase, in which part of the moon passes through the earth's shadow, and a total eclipse, during which the entire moon passes through the shadow of the earth. Experts say there are no special glasses needed to watch the lunar eclipse and safely watch all phases of the eclipse disappear.

According to some schools of belief, eclipses also have a strong impact on our body cycles and thus, some cultures stress adherence to certain dosages and donts due to the impact of eclipse on our diet and health. As the position of the planet in the world moves from its fixed location, changes are inevitable. This, again, has no scientific claim but as a general precaution, dietary restrictions are enforced.