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Azerbaijan to witness first lunar eclipse of 2020

07 January 2020 [14:35] - TODAY.AZ

By Azernews

By Laman Ismayilova

Lunar eclipse has always captured the imagination of people and cultures. In ancient times, people believed that it was a sign of great change. It was believed that a Lunar Eclipse would bring a rise of evil power.

The first lunar eclipse of the year 2020 will be witnessed  in Azerbaijan during the night between January 10 and 11.

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. It will start at 09:08 p.m and end at 01:12 a.m.

The lunar eclipse will be visible in countries across Europe, Africa and Asia as well as Australia.

Notably, four lunar eclipses are expected in 2020. The other lunar eclipses this year will occur on June 5, July 5 and November 30. 

Lunar eclipse happens when the moon passes through the shadow of the Earth which can only occur during a full moon.

It is not dangerous to look directly at the Moon during a lunar eclipse as the Moon is not giving off its own light. Some lunar eclipses can last up to 3 hour and 45 minutes.

Like solar eclipses, there are different types of lunar eclipses. There are total eclipses, where the moon passes completely through Earth's shadow and all of the moon appears reddish-brown.


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