A rare celestial event last reported in 1866 is occuring today.
Called Super Blue Blood Moon, the event features a full lunar eclipse that coincides with the Moon passing the point in its orbit that is closest to Earth. A super moon is estimated to be about seven percent bigger and 15 percent brighter than a normal moon.
The Pakistan Meteorological Department (PMD) estimate shows that a penumbral lunar eclipse will begin at 15:51 Pakistan Standard Time (PST). It will transform into a partial and a complete eclipse at 16:48 PST and 17:52 PST. The eclipse will be at its peak at 18:31 PST, it will then start diminishing, with the complete eclipse ending at 19:08 PST and partial and penumbral at 20:11 PST and 21:08 PST, respectively.
Alongside Pakistan, the eclipse will be visible in large parts of United States, northeastern Europe, Russia, the Indian Ocean, the Pacific, and Australia.
Speaking to the media, PMD chief Ghulam Rasool the eclipse will be visible across the country at the time of moonrise. “It is a historic moment since the last time a blue moon, red moon, and full lunar eclipse happened at the same time and on the same date was in 1866.
Internet users from across the globe can also watch a live stream of the eclipse on the website of the US National Aeronautical Science Agency (NASA). The stream from NASA’s Armstrong Flight Research Center in California, Griffith Observatory in Los Angeles, and the University of Arizona’s Mt.Lemmon SkyCenter Observatory will begin at 15:30 PST