Published: Mon, August 07, 2017
Sci-tech | By Jackie Newman

Special telescopes in city to watch lunar eclipse

Special telescopes in city to watch lunar eclipse

Pakistan will experience this year's second lunar eclipse between August 7 and 8, the Pakistan Meteorological Department (PMD) claims.

The astronomical phenomenon will be visible if the skies are not covered by clouds. Then, the Earth's umbra, the darkest part of the shadow, will start moving over the lower part of the Moon.

According to Masoud Atiqi, director of Iran Amateur Astronomy Society, all the lunar eclipses since the total eclipse in September 28, 2015, have been partial or invisible to human eye.

No two lunar eclipses are ever quite the same, and although some dismiss them as of less interest than solar eclipses - particularly total solar eclipses, where the events centered on totality occur rapidly, in contrast with more stately progress of a lunar eclipse - they are fascinating to observe.

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An eclipse of the moon, of which partial phase was in India, had occurred on April 4, 2015.

MET officials say that the eclipse, which will be visible across the country, is scheduled to start at 8:50pm August 7 (Monday) and end at 1.51am August 8 (Tuesday). During the eclipse, the earth will block out a portion of the sun's light from the hitting the moon, making our only natural satellite appear as though its bottom half has been dipped in darkness.

Depending on sky conditions, the District Science Centre will be making arrangements for the public to view the partial lunar eclipse through a telescope. Instead, observers can see only the slightest dimming near the lunar limb closest to the umbra.

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