ISLAMABAD: The world including Pakistan is witnessing a partial lunar eclipse.
According to the Pakistan Meteorological Department, all phases of partial moon eclipse would be visible in the country.
The eclipse is also visible from much of Europe, much of Asia, Australia, Africa, North America, South America, Pacific, Atlantic, Indian Ocean and Antarctica, according to reports.
Penumbral eclipse began at 23:44 PST, while partial eclipse will begin at 01:02 PST, the met office said.
The entire lunar eclipse will begin at 02:32 PST, while the partial eclipse will end at 04:00 PST, the weather department said.
During a lunar eclipse, the Earth casts a shadow on the Moon. This shadow has a central and outer shadow called umbra and penumbra, respectively. When the Moon completely passes through the umbra or when the Sun, Earth, and Moon are perfectly aligned, a total lunar eclipse occurs. When it partially crosses through the umbra and penumbra, we get to see a partial lunar eclipse.
A penumbral lunar eclipse occurs when the Moon doesn’t fall in the umbra at all and is always present in the penumbra. Naturally, a partial lunar eclipse always starts off as a penumbral lunar eclipse.
This is going to be the last lunar eclipse of year 2019 and the next lunar eclipse will occur on 10 Jan 2020, followed by three more in the same year, experts said.