The final lunar eclipse of the year is set to grace the skies of Pakistan, marking the end of a month filled with captivating astronomical events. According to the Met Office, the Penumbral Eclipse will commence at 23:02 PKT on October 28th and conclude at 03:26 PKT on October 29th. In addition, a partial lunar eclipse will follow, beginning at 00:35 PKT and ending at 01:53 PKT on October 29th.
This celestial spectacle is not exclusive to Pakistan. It will also be visible from various parts of the globe including Europe, Asia, Australia, Africa, North America, North/East South America, Pacific, Atlantic, Indian Ocean, Arctic, and Antarctica.
A lunar eclipse occurs when the Earth aligns precisely between the Moon and the Sun, casting its shadow upon the lunar surface. This event can sometimes turn the lunar surface a striking red over the course of a few hours, according to NASA.
October has been a month of astronomical marvels, featuring meteor showers, a New Moon, and an annular solar eclipse. The upcoming lunar eclipse serves as a grand finale to this series of sky-gazing events. Unlike the ‘ring of fire’ associated with the annular solar eclipse, this lunar eclipse will be clearly visible in Pakistan, offering locals a chance to witness this extraordinary cosmic event.
This year’s final lunar eclipse promises to be a memorable sight for all astronomy enthusiasts and casual observers alike. As we bid farewell to October, the night sky continues to offer us a glimpse into the vast and fascinating universe that lies beyond our planet.