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January Lunar Eclipse 2020

Lunar Eclipse 10/01/2020

Our Solar System is kicking 2020 off to a great start with a lunar eclipse happening on the 10th January.

We will not get a full eclipse, we'll experience what is called a Penumbral Lunar Eclipse. A penumbral lunar eclipse occurs when the Sun, Earth, and the Moon are imperfectly aligned. When this happens, the Earth blocks some of the Sun's light from directly reaching the Moon's surface and covers all or part of the Moon with the outer part of its shadow, also known as the penumbra.

Since the penumbra is much fainter than the dark core of the Earth's shadow, the umbra, a penumbral eclipse of the Moon is often difficult to tell apart from a normal Full Moon.

At 17:07 (from Chester) the Earth's penumbra starts touching the Moon's face. The Moon is close to horizon so make sure you have free sight to East-Northeast.

The eclipse reaches its maximum at 19:10 and will end approximately 21:12. The is information is based on our HQ location in Chester, England.

Wrap up, get a brew ready and enjoy the spectacle. No equipment is required to see the event. A pair of binoculars or small telescope will enhance the experience.

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