Second lunar eclipse to be observed tonight
LAHORE (92 News) – The world will witness a partial and second lunar eclipse of the year tonight (Friday).
The penumbral lunar eclipse will begin around 10:46pm in Pakistan, peak at 12:25am and end in the early hours of June 6 at 2:04am.
“The full moon will clip the outer portion of Earth’s shadow, creating a penumbral lunar eclipse. This is much subtler than a total lunar eclipse, in which the moon appears to turn red as it passes through the darkest part of Earth’s shadow, situated right behind our planet.”
Penumbral lunar eclipses are difficult to see by eye because only a portion of the sun’s light is blocked from reaching the moon.
The eclipse will be visible from most of Europe, Asia, Africa, Australia and the East coast of South America.
According to the astronaut experts, third lunar eclipse will be observed on July 5, while fourth and last eclipse of this year will be held on November 30.
On the other hand, the sun eclipse will be observed on the longest day of this year on June 30.
Earlier on Jan 10, the first lunar eclipse of the year 2020 witnessed in Pakistan during the night between Friday and Saturday tonight.
It was penumbral lunar eclipse which will be visible in Pakistan as well as in different cities of Asia, Europe, Australia and Africa. It will not be visible in the United States, central Canada and a majority of South America.
The eclipse started at 10:07pm and became a full eclipse at 12:07am. The eclipse came to an end at 2:12am and the moon emerged from the shadow of the earth.
Penumbral Lunar Eclipse
A penumbral lunar eclipse occurs when the Sun, Earth, and the Moon are imperfectly aligned. When this happens, the Earth blocks some of the Sun’s light from directly reaching the Moon’s surface.