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First lunar eclipse of the year is today, know the time when you can see it

The lunar eclipse on Friday will be the first of four penumbral lunar eclipses that will take place this year, Duari said, adding, the other three penumbral lunar eclipses will occur on June 5, July 5 and November 30.

Saima Siddiqui

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Published on 10 Jan 2020 8:45 AM GMT

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Kolkata: To all the astronomical enthusiasts and sky gazers beready with your telescopes as the first celestial event of this new year 2020 is all set to make you go crazy on January 10 that is today.

The lunar eclipse on Friday will be the first of four penumbral lunar eclipses that will take place this year, Duari said, adding, the other three penumbral lunar eclipses will occur on June 5, July 5 and November 30.

This penumbral lunar eclipse can be seen from all corners of India, including West Bengal. So, all the sky-watchers and astronomical enthusiasts be ready to capture the eclipse that will begin at 10.37 pm on January 10 and will end around 2.42 am on January 11.

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The penumbral lunar eclipse will also be visible from different countries in Asia, Africa, Australia and Europe, he said.

In a normal lunar eclipse, the moon passes through the central part of the earth’s shadow called umbra, and one witnesses considerable darkening of the lunar disc.

But in case of January 10 penumbral lunar eclipse there will be only a slight dimming of the lunar surface, the statement quoted Duari as saying.

“To a naked eye it is sometimes a little difficult to recognise a penumbral lunar eclipse, though it is interesting to see the larger than usual appearance of the moon, and the shifts in shadow during the 4-hour period,” the renowned astrophysicist said.

Asked if the event would be clearly visible from Kolkata, Duari said, Skygazers across the state, including Kolkata, will be able to witness the celestial event only if the weather does not play a spoilsport.

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Saima Siddiqui

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