The world is about to witness the first penumbral lunar eclipse – a phenomenon that occurs when the moon is obscured by the lighter or outer shadow of the Earth and is usually difficult to observe – of the year 2023 on the night of 5 on May 6.
Lunar eclipses occur when the Earth is between the sun and the moon, casting a shadow across the surface of the moon. They can only occur during a full moon and make an interesting target for sky-watching.
The Pakistan Meteorological Department (PMD) has also confirmed that the phenomenon will take place today and will be visible in various parts of the world, including Pakistan.
A brief statement from the PMD said the eclipse will begin at 8:14 p.m. and end at 12:32 p.m.
The different phases of the solar eclipse will occur on:
- Penumbral Eclipse begins May 5 at 8:14 p.m. PST
- The largest solar eclipse will occur on May 5 at 10:23 p.m. PST
- Penumbral Eclipse ends May 6 at 12:32 a.m. PST
Apart from Pakistan, it will be visible from southern/eastern Europe, much of Asia, Australia, Africa, the Pacific, the Atlantic, the Indian Ocean and Antarctica, according to the PMD.
A report published on Space. com stated that the second partial lunar eclipse will occur on October 28. It will be visible in parts of America, Europe, Africa, Asia and Australia.
The last total lunar eclipse that occurred on November 8, 2022, thrilled skywatchers worldwide.
The report said the next total lunar eclipse — also known as a blood moon lunar eclipse — won’t occur until March 13-14, 2025.
It should be noted that there are three types of lunar eclipses, depending on how the Sun, Earth, and Moon are aligned at the time of the event.
- Total Lunar Eclipse — The Earth’s shadow falls across the entire surface of the Moon.
- Partial lunar eclipse – Only part of the moon enters the Earth’s shadow, which can look like it’s taking a “bite” out of the lunar surface
- Penumbral lunar eclipse – the faint outer part of Earth’s shadow is cast over the lunar surface
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