DUBAI (AP) – Stargazers in Africa, Asia and parts of the Middle East looked up to the sky this weekend to witness a partial social eclipse.
It was known as a ‘ring of fire’ because the moon covered most, but not all, of the sun. It started at 11:45 PM. EDT Saturday and went until 5:34 am EDT Sunday.
Millions from Dubai to Taiwan to Japan to India watched the solar spectacle.
In Dubai, people were able to see more than 85 percent of the sun covered by the moon, with photographers taking beautiful photos of the solar eclipse over the iconic Burj Khalifa building.
It was an attraction that will not be possible in the country for another 14 years, said Chief Executive Officer of Dubai Astronomy Group Hasan al-Hariri.
Al-Hariri said that while the ongoing coronavirus pandemic had halted their plans for a meeting to see the rare phenomena, the group has turned to the internet to help people observe the partial eclipse, making the moon flow alive through the Earth and the sun.
“A solar eclipse is kind of a rare occurrence. It usually happens twice a year, but it varies from location to location, so it is not resolved in one location. Now we were lucky enough to have it, that was last December and this, and then we’ll have one after 14 years. So it is a bit rare to observe. “
The observatory also sold solar eclipse glasses to the public to safely observe the eclipse.
Cloudy skies did not stop enthusiasts in India from the partial eclipse that is also visible in the sky in New Delhi.
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