Lunar Eclipse 2020: what you need to know about Surya Grahan on January 10, 2020

A lunar eclipse is a celestial event when the earth blocks sunlight so that it does not directly touch the surface of the moon and this, in some way, creates an imperfect alignment of the three solar creations: the sun, the moon and the earth.

January 10, 2020 will be one of those days when sky watchers from around the world can see one of the first lunar eclipses of the year, which will be penumbral. In total, there will be four lunar eclipses of this type throughout the year, which will take place on June 5, July 5 and November 30. The eclipse of January 10 will be visible 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 will be partially covered by the Earth and only the outer part of the shadow will appear. While penumbral lunar eclipses are usually a bit darker, they cannot easily be distinguished from a regular full moon sighting, but they can be easily seen, as long as the sky is clear.

While it will be safe to see it, here is everything you need to know about this magical celestial event:

Depending on the location, the times of moonrise and sighting may differ. The total duration of the eclipse is 4 hours and 5 minutes. It is also known as a wolf moon eclipse too.

The penumbral lunar eclipse of January 2020, which will take place between the nights of January 10 to 11, will be completely visible to almost all Indian cities. The lunar eclipse will last from 10.37 p.m. at 2.42 a.m., Indian Standard Time (IST)

Is there any precaution to consider?

Every time an eclipse appears, it comes with many precautions. According to experts, it is completely safe to look at a lunar eclipse with bare eyes. There are two phases of the lunar eclipse: the partial phase, in which part of the moon passes through the shadow of the earth, and a total lunar eclipse, in which the entire moon passes through the shadow of the earth. Experts say that no special glasses are required to view the lunar eclipse and that it is safe to observe all phases of the lunar eclipse.

According to some belief schools, eclipses also have a strong effect on the cycles of our body and, therefore, some cultures emphasize following two and not doing due to the effect of the eclipse on our diet and health. Since the planetary position of the Earth moves away from its fixed place, changes are likely to occur. This, again, has no scientific claim, but even as a general precaution, diet restrictions are imposed.