'Super Blue Blood Moon' lights up night skies in Pakistan

Published: January 27, 2018
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Met office chief says the moon will be visible from everywhere in Pakistan, depending on weather conditions. PHOTO: REUTERS/FILE

Met office chief says the moon will be visible from everywhere in Pakistan, depending on weather conditions. PHOTO: REUTERS/FILE

ISLAMABAD: The world is witnessing a rare and a spectacular view of ‘Super Blue Blood Moon’ on Wednesday, after a gap of 152 years.

The Pakistan Meteorological Department (PMD) had told The Express Tribune that the ‘Super Blue Blood Moon’ will be easily visible from Sindh, Balochistan and coastal areas.

However, the chances of catching a glimpse of the moon were less from upper and central areas of country owing to cloudy conditions.

“It is going to be a historic moment as it is a coincidence when blue moon, red moon and full lunar eclipse will take place at the same time and on the very same date,” said PMD chief Dr Ghulam Rasul earlier while talking to The Express Tribune.

“This moon was last time seen in 1,866,” he added.

“The moon can be seen from anywhere in Pakistan, depending on the weather conditions,” Rasul said, adding, “The climax of lunar eclipse will be at 6:31pm and will be visible at the moon-rise in the country.”

“It is estimated that that the moon will be 34 per cent brighter and 14 per cent bigger than its usual size and illuminated,” he maintained.

Meanwhile, according to the Climate Data Processing Centre at PMD, the penumbral eclipse will begin at 15:51, partial eclipse at 16:48, followed by total eclipse at 17:52 and the greatest eclipse at 18:31.

The total eclipse will end at 19:08PST, partial eclipse at 20:11 and the penumbral eclipse at 21:08PST. Further, the penumbral magnitude will be at 2.2941 and Umbral magnitude at 1.3155.

The total phase of this lunar eclipse is known as a Blood Moon because of reddish-orange glow, but in some parts of the world, it will be seen as Blue Moon.

Experts say that the Blood Moon appears when the moon passes west to east through the earth’s shadow.

Moreover, it is going to be the first blue moon eclipse in 2018, and this is why many are calling it as ‘Super Blue Blood Moon’.

The moon will be visible in large parts of US, northeastern Europe, Russia, Asia, the Indian Ocean, the Pacific and Australia.

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