First full moon of the new decade comes with lunar eclipse

  • First full moon of the new decade comes with lunar eclipse

First full moon of the new decade comes with lunar eclipse

A penumbral lunar eclipse happens when the moon passes through the Earth's outer shadow, known as the penumbra, and misses the darker inner shadow, known as the umbra.

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.

The wolf moon is the name for the first full moon of the new year, according to The Old Farmer's Almanac.

Often it will probably flip pink, dubbed a "blood moon"; however, these hoping for such a phenomenon had been left dissatisfied.

Ed Bloomer, an astronomer at the Royal Observatory Greenwich, said: "Unfortunately, we won't get one of those until 2021, though there are another three penumbral eclipses to look forward to in 2020".

According to the Farmer's Almanac, Friday also marks the first "Wolf Moon" of the decade.

The moon will appear full until Sunday morning, according to the space agency. Called wolf moon by Europeans and Native Americans because of the lupine howling that went on at midwinter. The moon was noticed throughout the nation, from rural areas to London.

While January's full moon is named after the wolf, full moon in other months also have names to do with natural phenomena occurring at that time of year.

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