Second lunar eclipse of 2019 witnessed in Pakistan
LAHORE – The second lunar eclipse of 2019 was witnessed in various parts of the world including Pakistan on night between Tuesday and Wednesday.
It was a partial lunar eclipse which started at 1:02 am in Pakistan and lasted till 5-18 am. The lunar eclipse was also witnessed several countries of Asia, Europe, Africa and South America.
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.