Penumbral Lunar Eclipse: 18/19 October 2013In: Team for Advice on Issues of Astronomy
A Lunar Eclipse occurs when the Moon passes through the shadow of the Earth. For this to happen the Sun, Earth, and Moon must be closely aligned with the Moon and the Moon located furthest from the Sun. There are a few different types of Lunar Eclipse that are determined by where the moon is in relationship to the shadow of the Earth.
A Penumbra Eclipse occurs when the moon only enters the Penumbra area of the Earth’s shadow. The Penumbra is a region of the shadow that is not completely obsured from the rays of the sun. This lighter shadow is a result of the relative size of the Sun to the Earth.
This type of Eclipse causes the moon to only darken slightly when viewed from earth and is one of the less dramatic Lunar eclipse.
The next Lunar Eclipse will occur on October 18th, 2013. It will be visible in The Americas, Europe, Africa and Asia.
Penumbral Eclipse begins on Oct 18 at 10:53 PM (UK Time)
Maximum Eclipse is on Oct 19 at 12:50 AM (UK Time)
Penumbral Eclipse ends on Oct 19 at 2:48 AM (UK Time)
Salaatul Ayaat is obligatory (Wajib – according to the rulings of Syed Sistani), to be recited between 10:53PM (UK Time) on October 18, 2013 and 02:45 AM (UK Time) October 19, 2013.
Details on the method of offering Salaatul Ayaat according to the rules of Ayatullah ul-Uzama Syed Sistani (May Allah protect him) can be found here.