The first full moon of this year is going to coincide with the first eclipse of the year, and it's going to be magnificent.
The decade's first full moon is a double whammy. Not only is it called the Wolf Full Moon, but some of us will also be lucky enough to witness the first penumbral lunar eclipse. Rising on January 10, 2020, the Wolf Moon will be a sight to behold. It will be the first of 13 full moons this year. The moon will reach its peak fullness at 2:21 P.M. EST, but it will appear only later in the day reports The Old Farmer's Almanac.
Now, on the night of the Full Wolf Moon, only parts of the US will be able to see the penumbral lunar eclipse namely in Alaska, eastern Maine, Greenland, and parts of northern and eastern Canada. It will, however, be visible mainly in Europe, Africa, Asia, and Australia.
So what is a penumbral lunar eclipse? According to Travel and Leisure, it's when the "Earth casts a shadow about 870,000 miles out into space. It actually casts two shadows — the outer, fuzzy shadow (caused by its atmosphere) is called the “penumbra,” while its dark central shadow is called the “umbra." A penumbral lunar eclipse happens when the Earth is almost positioned between the sun and a full moon. As the moon drifts into the Earth’s penumbra, it's obscured, and the shadow makes it appear less bright in the night sky."
CNET reports you can still partake in viewing this gorgeous sight. You can check out the live online feed from the Virtual Telescope Project, which starts at 9 am PT on Friday. The eclipse will last roughly four hours, with the Moon entering the penumbra on January 10 at 12:06 pm EST (8:06 am AKST) and leaving it at 4:14 pm EST (12:14 pm AKST).
As for the Full Moon in America, it will occur at 7:21 pm Universal Time, which is 2:21 pm EST and 11:21 am PST. The rise of the full moon will happen at 4:45 pm EST in New York and at 5:10 pm PST in Los Angeles. The moon will gradually change its colors from orange to yellow getting brighter by the minute.
There are going to be four penumbral lunar eclipses in 2020, but the Full Wolf Moon Eclipse is the most impressive one. While North America will miss the first two penumbral lunar eclipses, they can still catch them on July 5, 2020, and November 30, 2020.