Second lunar eclipse of 2020 witnessed in Pakistan

The second lunar eclipse of 2020 was witnessed in various parts of the world including Pakistan on night between Friday and Saturday.

It was a partial lunar eclipse which lasted for four hours and 18 minutes. The eclipse started at 10:46pm on Friday in Pakistan and reached the peak at 12:25am on Saturday and ended at 2:04am.

The eclipse will be visible from most of Europe, Asia, Africa, Australia and the East coast of 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.

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