“Ring of Fire” – Annual solar eclipse is being witnessed in Pakistan

Pakistan is witnessing a solar eclipse and would be visible in Karachi, Lahore, Islamabad and some other major cities across the country.

According to the Pakistan Meteorological Department, the eclipse is to begin at 8:46am and it will be ended at 2:34pm while the greatest eclipse will occur at 11:40am, and it will be partial eclipse.

PMD’s Climate Data Processing Centre said in its announcement, “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 statement also read that cities in Pakistan including Karachi, Islamabad, Lahore, Peshawar, Quetta, Gilgit, Muzaffarabad, Sukkur, and Gwadar would witness the eclipse at various partial levels.

 However, people 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.

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, PMD noted.