'Wolf moon' lunar eclipse delights skygazers

Source NDTV Gadgets

Source NDTV Gadgets

Skygazers witnessed a penumbral lunar eclipse, with the moon passing through the earth's shadow.

Astronomy enthusiasts were treated to the first full moon of 2020 on Friday evening, also known as the "wolf moon", which coincided with a lunar eclipse.

Over the duration of the four-hour event, the best time to see the eclipse will be 19:10 UTC (2:10 p.m. EST) when almost all of the moon is in the Earth's outer shadow.

In January, the full moon is sometimes labelled a "wolf" moon, an unusual celestial label which seems to have stuck. As a result, only part of the moon turns dark as opposed to a total lunar eclipse when the entire moon goes dark before turning a dark red or rusty orange color.

January 10 will see the first of four penumbral lunar eclipses this year.

According to the Old Farmer's Almanac, legend has it that wolves hungry from winter starvation howled more at the first full moon of the year than any other.

Wolf moon over Peckham. The moon was noticed throughout the nation, from rural areas to London.

Mr Peters' photographs show the moon setting over Devil's Chair in the Stiperstones National Nature Reserve just before dawn on Friday - ahead of the Wolf Moon - and said he believes it is the fist time the scene has ever been captured.

The next full moon will happen on February 9, which is often known as a snow moon.

Harvest moon is the name given to the full moon that takes place closest to the autumn equinox.

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