On December 26th, people residing in the different regions will witness an annular (ring-shaped) solar eclipse. According to the Pakistan Meteorological Department (PMD), the solar eclipse will be visible in Pakistan as well.
There will be an annular eclipse of the sun in Pakistan for the first time in 20 years. The eclipse will begin at 7:30am Pakistan Standard Time and will become a total eclipse at 8:37am. Researchers have called it an ideal celestial gift as this time the moon will cover 97% of the centre of the sun and for a few minutes a “ring of fire” will appear in the sky.
During the last eclipse Pakistan witnessed in 1999, most of the radiation did not reach Earth because of cloudy skies. But this time the skies will be crystal clear and the impact of radiation will be direct.
The solar eclipse will be visible in Karachi, Islamabad, Quetta, Peshawar, Lahore, Gilgit and Muzaffarabad. It will also be visible in other parts of Asia, eastern Europe, Australia, eastern Africa, the Pacific Ocean and the Indian Ocean, according to the Met department.
People intending to view the eclipse are advised not to look at the sun directly. The ultraviolet radiation from the sun can burn the retina which can cause permanent impairment or even blindness.
If you’re looking to view the eclipse, you should consider using these for safety:
Avoid using these when looking at the eclipse:
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