Saudi Arabia to witness annular solar eclipse on June 21

Saudi Arabia to witness annular solar eclipse on June 21
Saudi Arabia to witness annular solar eclipse on June 21

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RIYADH — Saudi Arabia will witness an annular solar eclipse on June 21, 2020. It will begin in Sharurah at around 6:59 a.m. and will be peaking at 8.13 a.m., covering a little more than 96 percent of the Sun before ending at 9:41 a.m.

The National Astronomy Center at King Abdulaziz City for Science and Technology (KACST) explained that this eclipse occurs when the moon is perfectly aligned between the sun and the earth. When the moon is farthest from the earth, it looks like a dark disk on top of another bright disk, making the sun appearance to be like a ring of fire.

The center said that the eclipse will be seen in Makkah region, covering 70.88 percent with a total duration of two hours and 27 minutes. It will be sighted at 7:04 a.m. and reach its peak at 8:12 a.m., while its end will be at 9:31 a.m.

In Riyadh, it will be seen at 73 percent and will last for two hours and 39 minutes. It will be seen at 7:10 a.m. and reach its maximum phase at 8:23 a.m. before ending at 9:49 a.m.

In the Eastern region, the eclipse will be seen at 7:14 a.m., reach its peak at 8:30 a.m., and its end will be at 9:59 a.m., a total duration of two hours and 45 minutes.


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