Pakistan will witness an annual solar eclipse, reveals Pakistan Meteorological Department

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Pakistan will witness an annual solar eclipse, reveals Pakistan Meteorological Department

KARACHI: Pakistan will witness an annular solar eclipse on December 26th, citing the Pakistan Meteorological Department (PMD).

The solar eclipse will be visible from Eastern Europe, much of Asia, North & West Australia, Eastern Africa, Pacific Ocean and the Indian Ocean.

An annular solar eclipse happens when the Moon covers the Sun’s center, leaving the Sun’s visible outer edges to form a “ring of fire” or annulus around.

The Penumbral Eclipse begin at 07-30 Pakistan Standard Time (PST) on Dec. 26, partial eclipse will begin at 08-34 PST and total eclipse at at 08-37 PST, the met office said.

According to the PMD link, maximum magnitudes of the eclipse at major Pakistani cities will be as follow:

The maximum magnitude of solar eclipse visible in Karachi will be 0.77, at 08:46 PST, Islamabad 0.49 magnitude at 08:58 PST, Quetta 0.64 magnitude at 08:48 PST, Peshawar 0.50 magnitude at 08:56 PST, Lahore 0.52 magnitude at 08:58 PST, Gilgit 0.43 magnitude at 09:01 PST and Muzaffarabad 0.47 magnitude at 08:59 PST.

During a partial solar eclipse , the moon, the sun and Earth don’t align in a perfectly straight line, and the moon casts only the outer part of its shadow, the penumbra, on Earth. It turns dark during a total link solar eclipse and temperatures dip since the sun is completely blocked.

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