Want to watch the upcoming “Ring of fire” solar eclipse but don’t know where to go? We have good news for you…
The UAE Space Agency has joined hands with several observatories to organize viewing experiences across the UAE.
On 26th December, an astronomical phenomenon known as annular solar eclipse will happen.
The eclipse will see the moon covering majority of the sun (91.93 percent), except its outer edges. This creates a bright solar ring around the mood, resembling a “ring of fire”.
It will be the first time since 1847 (that’s 172 years!) that this kind of eclipse will be visible in its entirety in the UAE.
A full view of the eclipse will only be visible in the Liwa area for two to three minutes, from 7.35am to 7.38am.
If you’re in the area, you might want to visit the International Astronomical Center at Liwa Hills Hotel, near Madinat Zayed in Al Dhafra, to get uninterrupted view of the spectacle.
The Thuraya Astronomical Observatory, meanwhile, will set up at the Qasr Al Sarab Desert Resort to give curious space fans a chance to see the phenomenon.
Those living in the city can head over to Marina Mall to observe the eclipse with help from Emirates Mobile Observatory.
All mentioned events are open to the public and free of charge.
The solar eclipse will be visible in some regions of the UAE for roughly three minutes.
The UAE Space Agency also remind the public on the risks of looking directly at the sun without proper eye protection, or viewing the eclipse through regular sunglasses, an unfiltered camera lens, a telescope, binoculars or any other optical device, even if it is provided with a solar filter.
So keep safe everyone and better drop by at these viewing locations to enjoy this unique solar happening.