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Pakistan 'witnesses' rare Supermoon tonight

Muhammad Irfan 07:19 PM | 3 Dec, 2017
Pakistan 'witnesses' rare Supermoon tonight
LAHORE - Rare sighting of the first and last supermoon of the year is being observed today (Sunday) across the world including Pakistan. The previous sighting to the supermoon was observed back in 2016, which was the first since 1948’s sightings.

December's is the first of the three back-to-back Supermoon series to appear in the next two months, scheduled January and February.

Supermoons occur when a full moon reaches an orbit where it is the closest to the earth, making the moon appear up to 14 percent larger and 30 percent brighter than usual.

However, in a statement issued Saturday, the Pakistan Meteorological Department (PMD) has denied reports of supermoon sighting in the country and clarified "it would be full moon instead".

The Met Office also stated that Pakistan is to witness a supermoon in 2034 and not anytime sooner.

"The next full Moon will be Sunday morning, Dec. 3, 2017, appearing "opposite" the Sun (in Earth-based longitude) at 10:47 AM EST," said NASA's report on its website. "The Moon will appear full for about three days centred on this time, from later on Friday night through early Monday evening, making this another full Moon weekend."

As the last full Moon of Autumn, this Moon is known as the Frost Moon or the Moon Before Yule, said NASA's report. "Since this full Moon occurs about 17 hours before perigee (the Moon's closest approach to the Earth in its orbit), this full Moon is the first of three supermoons," it read. "At the time of the full Moon, the Moon will be will only be 492 km (306 miles) further away from the Earth than it will be at its closest (perigee), making it appear 13.6% larger in diameter and 29% larger in area than if it were the distance of apogee on December 18, 2017. In addition, because the Earth will be at its closest to the Sun (called perihelion) in early January, the sunlight reaching and reflecting off the Moon this time of year is about 7% more intense (than at aphelion in early July), making winter-time supermoons even brighter."

"December's supermoon is actually the first of three back-to-back supermoon full moons to come in the next two months," according to www.space.com. "On Jan. 1 and Jan. 31, the full moon will also occur near the moon's arrival at perigee, according to NASA, which billed the line up as a supermoon trilogy. The Jan. 31 supermoon is also the second full moon of January, making it a Blue Moon, and also occurs during a total lunar eclipse."

Supermoon full moons will occur on Dec. 3, 2017, Jan. 1, 2018 and Jan. 31, 2018. The Jan. 31 supermoon will also be a blue moon and occur during a total lunar eclipse.

Muhammad Irfan

The writer is a staff member. He has been affiliated with Pakistan's leading English newspapers and worked as News Producer at FM 107.4. Death (as...he believes...life is a station, and death is a longest journey from seen to ...

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KARACHI - Following are the foreign currency exchange rates for US Dollar, Saudi Riyal, UK Pound Sterling, U.A.E. Dirham, European Euro, and other foreign currencies in Pakistan open market on January 28, 2023 (Saturday).

Source: Forex Association of Pakistan. (last update 09:00 AM)

Currency Symbol Buying Selling
US Dollar ‎USD 263.9 266.15
Euro EUR 275.75 278.5
UK Pound Sterling GBP 313 316
U.A.E Dirham AED 69.75 70.45
Saudi Riyal SAR 67.25 67.9
Australian Dollar AUD 178.5 180.9
Bahrain Dinar BHD 644.19 652.19
Canadian Dollar CAD 187.5 189.70
China Yuan CNY 35.71 36.11
Danish Krone DKK 35.38 35.78
Hong Kong Dollar HKD 30.94 31.29
Indian Rupee INR 2.97 3.08
Japanese Yen JPY 2.50 2.54
Kuwaiti Dinar KWD 793.10 802.15
Malaysian Ringgit MYR 57.02 57.62
New Zealand Dollar NZD 156.69 158.69
Norwegians Krone NOK 24.46 24.76
Omani Riyal OMR 629.39 637.39
Qatari Riyal ‎QAR 66.54 67.24
Singapore Dollar SGD 184.38 186.38
Swedish Korona SEK 25.31 23.81
Swiss Franc CHF 263.01 265.51
Thai Bhat THB 7.38 7.53

KARACHI – The price of a single tola of 24-karat gold in Pakistan is Rs209,600 on Saturday. The price of 10 grams of 24k gold was recorded at Rs174,990.

Likewise, 10 grams of 22k gold were being traded for Rs157,300 while a single tola of 22-karat gold was being sold at Rs 178,500.

Note: The gold rate in Pakistan is fluctuating according to the international market so the price is never been fixed. The below rates are provided by local gold markets and Sarafa Markets of different cities.

City Gold Silver
Lahore PKR 209,600 PKR 2,220
Karachi PKR 209,600 PKR 2,220
Islamabad PKR 209,600 PKR 2,220
Peshawar PKR 209,600 PKR 2,220
Quetta PKR 209,600 PKR 2,220
Sialkot PKR 209,600 PKR 2,220
Attock PKR 209,600 PKR 2,220
Gujranwala PKR 209,600 PKR 2,220
Jehlum PKR 209,600 PKR 2,220
Multan PKR 209,600 PKR 2,220
Bahawalpur PKR 209,600 PKR 2,220
Gujrat PKR 209,600 PKR 2,220
Nawabshah PKR 209,600 PKR 2,220
Chakwal PKR 209,600 PKR 2,220
Hyderabad PKR 209,600 PKR 2,220
Nowshehra PKR 209,600 PKR 2,220
Sargodha PKR 209,600 PKR 2,220
Faisalabad PKR 209,600 PKR 2,220
Mirpur PKR 209,600 PKR 2,220

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