This year began with a meteor shower, and on Friday, the first month of 2020, a penumbral lunar eclipse takes place during the full moon.
Only during the full moon can lunar eclipses happen. However, a pinpointed lunar eclipse is different from a total lunar eclipse.
The eclipse happens on Friday when the moon joins Earth’s shadow or outer shadow. This makes the moon look darker than usual.
The change is more dramatic during a full lunar eclipse because the whole moon appears to be a deep red color.
The eclipse lasts approximately four hours.
The penumbral lunar eclipse will be visible in Asia, Australia, Europe, and Africa on Friday evening.
Those in North America will find it harder because it starts at 12:06 p.m. ET finishes at 4:14 p.m. ET. But Alaska, Maine East, and parts of northern and eastern Canada are fortunate enough.
Each moon has its full moon-related name. This was dubbed in January the “wolf moon,” inspired by hungry wolves that, according to the Old Farmer’s Almanac, hurled outside villages long ago.
And if you see what looks like a shining star in the sky to the west, that is Venus. Venus will look brighter and higher in the sky between now and April. It will peak on the 2nd and 3rd April evenings.
List Of Full Moons In 2020
There usually are 12 full moons every year because one takes place every month. However, in 2020, October will have two full moons, October 1 once and October 31 again.
The fact that the second has fallen on Halloween makes this occurrence “once upon a blue moon.” This year, too, it will have two supermoons when the moon appears to be even bigger and brighter in our sky. It will take place on 9 March and 7 April.
Here are all the full moons and their names according to the Farmer’s Almanac this year:
- January 10 – Wolf moon
- February 9 – Snow moon
- March 9 – Worm moon
- April 7 – Pink moon
- May 7 – the Flower moon
- June 5 – Strawberry moon
- July 5 – Buck moon
- August 3 – Sturgeon moon
- September 2 – Corn moon
- October 1 – Harvest moon
- October 31 – Blue moon
- November 30 – Beaver moon
- December 29 – Cold moon