Pakistan is going to observe a penumbral lunar eclipse on August 7th this year.
According to reports by the Pakistan Meteorological Department (PMD), this is the second lunar eclipse seen in Pakistan this year. The first one was witnessed on February 11th.
The eclipse will begin at 8:50 pm according to the Pakistan Standard time. A partial Eclipse will be observed between 10 pm and 11 pm. The greatest eclipse will be observed at 11:20 pm, the same day. It will end on 8th August at 1:51am.
The eclipse will be visible in much of Europe, Asia, Australia, Africa, East in South America, Pacific, Atlantic, Indian Ocean, and Antarctica along with Pakistan.
The Lunar Eclipse and Its Types
A lunar eclipse occurs when the Earth blocks out the Sun, coming in between the moon and the giant star. The earth stands in between the Sun and the Moon.
In simple words, a Lunar eclipse is when the Earth casts its shadow on the moon.
A penumbral eclipse occurs when the moon moves through the faint outer part of the Earth’s shadow. Some people might mistake this type of eclipse for a full moon.
A partial lunar eclipse occurs when earth casts only a partial shadow on the moon. That is the Earth’s umbra – the central dark part of the shadow – which covers half of the moon.
A total eclipse occurs when earth’s umbra covers the entire surface of the moon.