Astronomy enthusiasts turn their eyes to the sky, to catch the rare astronomical event of the “annular solar eclipse”.
“SEE” publishes full details of this remarkable event:
-An annular solar eclipse is effectively a particularly beautiful partial solar eclipse.
– The last solar eclipse of 2019, a so-called “ring of fire” eclipse, occurs Thursday (Dec. 26)
-The eclipse will be seen in Egypt, India, Sri Lanka, Singapore, Indonesia, and UAE
-The eclipse will also be visible in: the Sultanate of Oman, Hofuf in Saudi Arabia, and south of Doha
-At its maximum, the moon will block 97% of the sun.
-The solar eclipse is going to last for five and a half hours.
-In Egypt, the end of the partial eclipse can be seen after sunrise on the coast of the Red Sea at Ras Gharib for 3 minutes.
– The partial eclipse can also be visible in a number of Egyptian cities including:
- Hurghada for 7 minutes
- Saint Catherine for 6 minutes
- Marsa Alam for 15 minutes
- Shalateen for 20 minutes
- Halayeb for 27 minutes
Experts advise the public never to look directly at the sun during a solar eclipse (except during the very brief time the sun is in total eclipse; and even then, with caution). Looking directly at the sun can cause permanent damage to eyes.