First of four penumbral lunar eclipses in 2020 on Friday

The full moon on Friday is known as a Wolf moon, which is the nickname given to January’s full moon. The eclipse will be visible from Africa, Europe, Asia and parts of Australia.

Friday, 10 January’s full moon will be fully illuminated at 7:21 p.m. Universal Time (UT). The penumbral lunar eclipse will begin at 5:07 p.m. UT and will be at its maximum at 7:10 p.m. when a dark shadow will move across the bottom half of the moon. The event in its entirety takes place over about four hours.

To view the eclipse, you can convert for your own location/time zone here, or consult this page.

Please note that this penumbral eclipse will be difficult to see. Keen observers in Africa, Asia, Australia and Europe may see the moon turn a shade darker during the maximum phase of the penumbral lunar eclipse, but most penumbral lunar eclipses cannot be easily distinguished from a usual full moon.

The penumbral lunar eclipse on 10 January 2020 is the first of four penumbral lunar eclipses this year. A penumbral lunar eclipse occurs when the moon drifts into Earth’s penumbra or shadow.

A penumbral lunar eclipse is different to a total lunar eclipse which takes place when the earth comes between the sun and the moon and covers the moon with its shadow. When this happens, the moon can turn red. A red full moon is known as a Blood Moon.

The remaining three penumbral lunar eclipses will occur on 5 June, 5 July and 29 November though none will be as deep as the “Wolf Moon Eclipse”.

  • 5 June 2020 – visible from Asia, Africa and Australia
  • 5 July 2020 – visible from South America, North America and Africa
  • 29 November 2020 – visible from North and South America, Australia and East Asia

13 full moons in 2020

This full moon is also the first of thirteen in 2020. In October the moon will be full on 1 October and on Saturday, 31 October which will make it a Halloween full moon, which is rare enough, but because it’s the second full moon of the month, it will also be considered a Blue Moon.