Islamabad (February 1, 2018): The last day of the first month of 2018 has rewritten a history when, after centuries, the rare super blue blood moon emerged in the skies and was witnessed in various parts of the world.
The current generation for the first time in their life viewed the rare scene occurring due to the combination of three lunar phenomena: a super moon, a blue moon and a blood moon at the same time since 1866.
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It was the second full moon in a calendar month, near its closest orbit point to Earth, making it appear super large, but the view changed as total lunar eclipse coincided at the same time.
A total lunar eclipse occurs when the moon moves directly behind the Earth’s shadow, or umbra, meaning it cannot receive any light from the Sun.The full collision of the three events of the moon was visible only in selected parts of the world.
Although the lunar eclipse was fully visible only in the east of Asia and the west of US, people in most parts of the world were out to catch a glimpse of it.
In Pakistan, the partial eclipse in Pakistan started at 3:51pm,according to the meteorological department. However, the total lunar eclipse started at 5:52pm and lasted till 7:08pm.The lunar eclipse started in Islamabad at 5:32pm, however, it was not visible due to cloudy weather in the capital.
In Karachi and Quetta, the eclipse reached its peak at 6:31pm and lasted until 9:08pm on Wednesday.
DG Met Ghulam Rasool had said the super blue blood moon would be completely eclipsed in Pakistan at 7:08pm.
During the eclipse, the moon glides into Earth’s shadow, gradually turning the white disk of light to orange or red.