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Thousands of UAE residents stargaze as the moon dims the sun

Staff Report

Published on June 21, 2020 at 16.10

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Temperatures that crossed the 40°C mark did not stop residents from venturing out on Sunday to witness the partial solar eclipse. - Photo by Ryan Lim/KT
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The bright sunny day grew dark as the moon eclipsed 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, giving residents a rare visual treat. - Photo by Ryan Lim/KT
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UAE residents witnessed the ‘ring of fire’ annular eclipse as a partial eclipse. Annular eclipses occur when the moon — passing between the 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. - Photo by Neeraj Murali/KT
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The celestial spectacle was visible across the country, with some centres hosting special screenings. Al Thuraya Astronomy Centre in Mushrif Park was one such venue. - Photo by Neeraj Murali/KT
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Outside the centre, children and adults alike gazed up to the heavens awestruck. Dubai resident Omaima Mohammad said she pulled her daughter out of class for the experience. “It’s our first eclipse. I know her teacher won’t be happy, but the experience sure is worth it”,” said Omaima. Photo by M. Sajjad/KT
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Another resident, Doychin Kanchev, said the last time he saw a solar eclipse was when he was 14. “It’s exciting to be here and witness it again after a long time.” - Photo by Neeraj Murali/KT
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Even amid all the excitement, visitors didn’t forget their masks and maintained a safe social distance as they watched the celestial event unfold. - Photo by Ryan Lim/KT
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