‘Ring of fire’ solar eclipse to be visible in some Pakistani cities on June 21


ISLAMABAD:     A solar eclipse is set to occur on June 21, 2020, and would be visible in Karachi, Lahore, Islamabad and some other major cities across the country, the Pakistan Meteorological Department (PMD) has said in a statement.
According to the PMD’s Climate Data Processing Centre, “an annular solar eclipse happens when the Moon covers the Sun’s centre, leaving the Sun’s visible outer edges to form a ‘ring of fire’ or annulus around the Moon.”
The partial eclipse will begin at 8:46am and end at 2:34pm while the greatest eclipse will occur at 11:40am.
Information provided in the statement indicated that cities including Islamabad, Lahore, Karachi, Peshawar, Quetta, Gilgit, Muzaffarabad, Sukkur, and Gwadar would witness the eclipse at various partial levels, with only those in Sukkur to see the annular eclipse in almost its entirety at the Sun’s coverage of 98.78%.
Gilgit would have the least Sun’s coverage in the eclipse, at 74.88%, the Climate Data Processing Centre added.
The PMD noted that apart from Pakistan, the solar eclipse would also be visible in parts of Africa including the Central African Republic, Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), and Ethiopia as well as India and China.