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A ‘circle-like’ solar eclipse will be seen across Pakistan tomorrow

ISLAMABAD / RAWALPINDI: An annular solar eclipse, also known as the Ring of Fire, will be observed across the country on June 21.

In this type of solar eclipse, passing between the moon, the sun and the earth, it comes in front of the sun in such a way that the middle part of the sun is hidden from the inhabitants of the earth and only a circle of light is visible from the edge. Is.

It may be recalled that a circular solar eclipse also took place on December 25, 2019 and it was also partially observed in Pakistan.

Nadeem Faisal, head of the Climate Data Processing Center at the Meteorological Department, said the eclipse would be visible in Pakistan, China, northern India and parts of Africa.

He also said that the partial eclipse will start at 8:46 in the morning and end at 2:34 in the afternoon while it will reach its peak at 11:40.

In Sukkur city of Sindh, the sun will be about 98.78 percent hidden at 11:07 am, while in Gwadar at 10:48 am, the sun will be 97.8 percent hidden.

The following are the details of when the eclipse will be visible in which areas and when the climax will be:

Islamabad: 9:50 a.m. to 1:36 p.m. (climax 11:25 a.m.)

Karachi: 9:26 a.m. to 12:46 p.m. (climax 10:59 a.m.)

Lahore: 9:50 a.m. to 12:36 p.m. (climax 11:25 a.m.)

Peshawar: 9:48 a.m. to 1:02 p.m. (climax 11:21 p.m.)

Quetta: 9:35 a.m. to 12:49 p.m. (climax 11:06 a.m.)

Gilgit-Baltistan: 9:56 a.m. to 1:08 p.m. (11:30 a.m. climax)

Azad Kashmir: 9:26 a.m. to 1:07 p.m. (climax 11:26 a.m.)

Federal Minister for Science and Technology Fawad Chaudhry has warned the public to watch the eclipse directly with the naked eye as it could damage the eyes.

“If you see an eclipse with your eyes, it can cause severe damage to your eyes and you can be blind, so a special type of eclipse glasses or partial eclipse with a solar filter,” he said. It can be seen and sunglasses are not useful in this regard.

According to the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), any kind of sunglasses, color film, X-ray film, smoked glasses and floppy disk should not be used for observing eclipses, according to an advisory issued by the Ministry of Science and Technology. Don’t do

It is to be noted that this year 4 lunar eclipses and 2 solar eclipses will be observed and the second solar eclipse will be on 14th December which will not be visible in Pakistan. Were also seen.

Interesting myths about eclipses
Solar eclipses are a common occurrence during astronomical orbits and are one of the most important signs of God from a religious point of view.

However, there are many myths associated with it, one of which is that the eclipse could bring about major changes in world politics, including the transfer of power.

Interestingly, the then Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s government was overthrown just two months after the complete solar eclipse in 1999.

In addition, other beliefs include the idea of ​​fear. In ancient China, people gathered in one place to counteract the effects of the eclipse and shouted loudly, believing that a giant snake was eating the moon. Noise scares need to be stopped.

In addition, some believe that pregnant women should not do any work during the eclipse and should not go out with sharp objects.

One of the myths is that germs come during eclipses, so all food items are covered or refrigerated, while in some countries a public holiday is declared.

The reality of eclipses and related superstitions in the light of Islam
In this regard, the well-known religious scholar Mufti Muneeb, quoting Qur’anic verses and events, said that 1400 years ago, there was a belief in Arabia that the eclipse is related to the life and death of a great personality According to him, solar eclipse or lunar eclipse is not related to one’s death or life but it is a manifestation of the system created by God Almighty.

Mufti Muneeb said that such superstitions such as the physical effects of solar eclipses on pregnant women or other people are wrong and have no basis in religion.

He further said that instead of believing in such superstitions, believers should think of self-accountability and the Hereafter and also arrange for the performance of eclipse prayers

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