Partial Solar Eclipse to be Visible in UAE Today

DUBAI — A darker morning will greet late risers in the UAE today when an annular solar eclipse takes place.

By Staff Reporter

Published: Sat 16 Jan 2010, 12:37 AM

Last updated: Mon 6 Apr 2015, 2:29 PM

The eclipse begins in central Africa before tracking across the Indian Ocean and East Asia.

A partial eclipse will be visible from 9.15am in the UAE and reach its peak after that. The greatest part of the eclipse will occur at 11.06am in the UAE — though the entire sun will not appear covered in the country’s location.

The path of annularity, where a rim of the sun can be seen behind the moon, will last at its peak for just more than 11 minutes.

Such duration won’t be repeated for 1,033 years. About one-third of the sun will be covered by the moon from the view of UAE residents.

To view it safely, and understand more about the eclipse, the Dubai Astronomy Group has encouraged residents to view it at an observation activity being held at New World Private School in Tawar area.

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