Qatar to witness partial solar eclipse on June 21
June 14 2020 07:07 PM
A partial solar eclipse
A partial solar eclipse. File picture

Qatar residents will have a good chance to observe a partial solar eclipse on the morning of June 21, Qatar Calendar House (QCH) announced.
The annular solar eclipse will start over Qatar sky at 7.13am local time and reach its maximum phase at 8.30am when the Moon will cover 80% of the solar disc, astronomer expert at QCH, Dr Beshir Marzouk said.
The partial solar eclipse will end over Qatar sky at 10.01am. The duration of all solar eclipse phases over Qatar sky will be two hours and 48 minutes.
On December 26, 2019, Qatar residents watched an annular solar eclipse, while on October 25, 2022, they will be seeing a next partial solar eclipse. Dr Marzouk said.
Generally, solar eclipses occur when the moon passes between the Sun and the Earth so that the Sun is fully or partially covered. This can only happen before a new Moon phase; when the Sun and Moon are in conjunction as seen from the Earth. There are four types of solar eclipse: total, partial, annular, and hybrid.
"The Sun should not be looked at with naked eyes during an eclipse," cautioned Dr Marzouk while advising the use of solar eclipse glasses or filters.
"Solar and lunar eclipses are important phenomena because they are validated astronomical calculations," the expert pointed out.
"If solar eclipses happen before the first of Hijric months (before new crescent), lunar eclipse happens at the middle of Hijric months (at full moon phase)," he added.

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