ISLAMABAD (APP) - Total lunar eclipse will be visible in eastern Africa, Middle East, Western Australia and Central and Southern Asia, including Pakistan today (Wednesday June 15 and 16.
Director General, Pakistan Meteorological Department (PMD) Arif Mehmood told this news agency on Tuesday that the eclipse will begin today (Wednesday) night at 2225 hours, Pakistan Standard Time (PST) while the partial eclipse will begin at 2323 hours.
On June 16, the total eclipse will begin at 0022 hours and the greatest eclipse will be at 0113 hours on Thursday night while the total eclipse will end on 0203 hours, he said.
However, the partial eclipse will end on 0302 hours on Thursday night and the lunar eclipse will end at 0401 hours. The details issued by Climate Data Processing Centre of PMD, the penumbral and umbral magnitude of the lunar eclipse will be 2.69 and 1.70 respectively.
DG PMD said that the eclipse will be visible across the country and people can watch it with naked eyes as lunar eclipse requires no special viewing instrumentation.
However, they must not witness the eclipse for a long period, he warned.
According to various reports, more than half the world will have the opportunity to watch the darkest lunar eclipses Wednesday night (today) as the centres of the sun, the earth and the moon would nearly be on one straight line. Total lunar eclipse (Chand Grahan) will be visible in Pakistan, India, Dubai, Qatar, Oman, Bahrain, Saudi Arabia, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Singapore, Malaysia and western parts of Australia.
The earth will be directly between the moon and sun will be in opposite side of the earth.
The reports said that the dark shadow will progress on the lunar disk and this will be quite noticeable to the naked eyes. The total lunar eclipse June 15 (today), June 16 (tomorrow) will be the first of two lunar eclipses in 2011 and the third of all eclipses that occur throughout the year.
Two partial solar eclipses have occurred in the country on January 4 and June 2.
The Met Office data indicates that the two partial solar eclipses will occur on July 1 and November 25 which will not be visible in the country.
However, the country would again witness a total eclipse of the moon on December 10 which will be visible in the country as well as eastern and Southeastern Asia and Australia.