First lunar eclipse of 2020 today, not to impact Hindu rituals in Odisha


Bhubaneswar: The first lunar eclipse of 2020 will take place on January 10. The lunar eclipse, which is expected to last for around 4 hours, will be visible from India.

However, the Year’s first celestial event, a penumbral lunar eclipse will not be clearly visible in Odisha. The event also has no mention in the Hindu calendar, hence, it will not affect religious rituals.

Lunar eclipses are much more common than solar eclipses but are still a sight to behold. There are three types of lunar eclipses – total, partial, and penumbral. Total lunar eclipses are the most dramatic, while penumbral lunar eclipses are the most common. This year, four will take place.

NASA has coined the term ‘Wolf Moon Eclipse’ for 2020’s first celestial event.

Countries across Asia, Africa, and Europe will be able to see the lunar eclipse, and the total duration is set to be 4 hours and 5 minutes.

As per reports, the lunar eclipse is expected to take place from around 10.30 pm to 2.30 am Indian Standard Time (IST). During the eclipse, 90 per cent of the moon’s surface will be partially covered by the Earth with only the outer part of the shadow appearing.

The other lunar eclipse this year will occur on June 5, July 5 and November 30.

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