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Blog: Day goes dark as solar eclipse blocks over 80% of the sun in UAE

Team KT/Dubai
Filed on June 21, 2020 | Last updated on June 21, 2020 at 12.46 pm
KT Explains, catch, tomorrow, solar eclipse, UAE

(Photo: Ryan Lim/KT)

The three-hour spectacle began at 8.14am and peaked at 9.36am.

The day was much darker than usual in the UAE as the much awaited partial solar eclipse blocked over 80 per cent of the sun.

The three-hour spectacle began at 8.14am and peaked at 9.36am. It was visible in the UAE till 11.12am.

Annular eclipses occur when the Moon - passing between Earth and the Sun - is not quite close enough to our planet to completely obscure sunlight, leaving a thin ring of the solar disc visible. In the UAE, it was visible as a partial eclipse.


Khaleej Times multimedia journalists were stationed outside a mall in Abu Dhabi; Dubai Astronomy Centre; and a desert in Sharjah to bring you live updates from the rare spectacle.


11.50am

A combination of photographs shows a partial solar eclipse in Abu Dhabi. Photo by Ryan Lim/KT

Blog: Day goes dark as solar eclipse blocks over 80% of the sun in UAE (KT24377621.PNG)


11.10am

People use protective glasses to observe the annular solar eclipse in Abu Dhabi on Sunday. Video by Ryan Lim/KT


10.55am

Residents use protective glasses to observe the annular solar eclipse on Sunday.

Blog: Day goes dark as solar eclipse blocks over 80% of the sun in UAE (KT24371621.PNG)


10.30am

Solar Eclipse 2020 at 10:30am

Blog: Day goes dark as solar eclipse blocks over 80% of the sun in UAE (KT24370621.PNG)


10am

Video: Annual Solar eclipse prayers held at Makkah's Grand Mosque

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9:45am

Partial solar eclipse as seen in the skies of Mleiha Desert in #Sharjah at 9.40am today. Photo by M. Sajjad/KT

Blog: Day goes dark as solar eclipse blocks over 80% of the sun in UAE (KT24369621.PNG)



9:40am

Shadow with soft edges, occurs during the solar eclipse. Photo by Neeraj Murali/KT

Blog: Day goes dark as solar eclipse blocks over 80% of the sun in UAE (KT24367621.PNG)

9:30am

A man uses binoculars to watch the annular solar eclipse in Abu Dhabi today. Photo by Ryan Lim/KT

Blog: Day goes dark as solar eclipse blocks over 80% of the sun in UAE (KT24366621.PNG)


9:28am

A child holds protective glasses to observe annular solar eclipse at the Dubai Astronomy Center. Photo by Neeraj Murali/KT

Blog: Day goes dark as solar eclipse blocks over 80% of the sun in UAE (KT24364621.PNG)


9:23am

The eclipse is observed by using a telescope from the observatory dome of the Dubai Astronomy Center. Photo by Neeraj Murali/KT

Blog: Day goes dark as solar eclipse blocks over 80% of the sun in UAE (KT24363621.PNG)


9:20am

Partial solar eclipse as seen from Al Nahda in Sharjah at 9.20am today. Photo by Abhishek Sengupta/KT

Blog: Day goes dark as solar eclipse blocks over 80% of the sun in UAE (KT24365621.PNG)


9:15am

Partial solar eclipse as seen from Mleiha Desert in Sharjah today morning. Photo by M. Sajjad/KT

Blog: Day goes dark as solar eclipse blocks over 80% of the sun in UAE (KT24362621.PNG)


When should you look up?

>Start time: 08:14:47
>End time: 11:12:04
>Peak: 9.36am

Can I catch the eclipse online?

Yes.

>Follow all the latest updates on khaleejtimes.com and on our social media platforms.
>The Dubai Astronomy Group will telecast the eclipse live on
>The Abu Dhabi-based International Astronomical Center will be broadcasting the event live

What not to do

>DO NOT look at the sun directly without using sunglasses with special filters
>DO NOT fit any filter to a telescope without first checking for damage
>If you are not certain that a filter is approved and safe, DO NOT use it

If you have got solar eclipse glasses:

>Position yourself towards the east; put the glasses on; and turn towards the sun to observe the even

reporters@khaleejtimes.com


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