Partial Lunar Eclipse to be Visible in Pakistan Tonight

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Today on Friday, June 5, a full "strawberry moon" will light the night sky, while parts of the world will also see a partial penumbral eclipse.

This Strawberry Moon will be much dimmer than the recent series of supermoons, not because the moon will be farther away from the Earth, but because it will pass through part of the Earth's shadow to create a lunar eclipse, Accuweather reported. The dimming effect won't be as a dramatic as a total eclipse and will be hard to detect for the casual watcher staring up at the sky. In total, the Earth blocks all the light which lets it hard to see the moon.

Based on PAGASA's astronomical diary, the penumbral eclipse will be visible in the country and will begin when the Moon enters penumbra at 1:45 a.m. and ends at 5:04 a.m.

Because what we're going to see on 6 June is a penumbral lunar eclipse, your eyes will only just be able to see a slight dip of shade if you're lucky. At this point, the full moon will darken to quite an extent and also dramatically redden. "This is not a regular total eclipse of the moon, it's not even a normal partial eclipse - it's a grade below that".

The Strawberry Moon will mark the start of "eclipse" season, with upcoming events in July and November.

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According to Native American folklore, a full moon in June is called a Strawberry Moon because the short season for harvesting strawberries comes during that summer month. In October, the Moon will appear in its fullest form twice, as per Space.com.

During a total lunar eclipse, the moon will first move in to the penumbra and then pass right in to the umbra.

The partial penumbral eclipse of the moon will occur on Friday afternoon at 3:12 p.m. The eclipse will be visible in Asia, Australia, Europe and Africa. Maximum eclipse occurs at 19:26 UT, with the Moon 59 percent immersed in the umbral shadow of the Earth.

Though subtle, you'll be able to see the difference in the moon before and after the eclipse if you photograph both moments.

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