Category Archives: Middle Middle East

Summer solstice eclipse

Partial solar eclipse (86.31%), Sunday – 21 June 2020 (summer solstice), 08:14-11:12, maximum at 09:36, Dubai – UAE.

Annular solar eclipse (up to 99.4% coverage) – in some parts of Africa, Middle East and Asia, and in Dubai – partial solar eclipse (with 86.31% coverage). Annular solar eclipse (Latin: annulus – little ring) occurs when a New Moon passes in front of the Sun, but it is not close enough to the Earth to cover the full disk of the Sun. Hence the ring of light/fire around the Moon. During total solar eclipse the Moon covers 100% of the Sun’s disk. Today’s solar eclipse coincides with the summer solstice (June solstice). The next eclipse like that will be on 21st June 2039.

See also:

Solar eclipse in Oman


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Strawberry Moon

“Strawberry Moon” (also called “Hot Moon”) – June’s full Moon, the latest-rising Full Moon this year. It appeared larger than other Full Moons. The name of the Strawberry Moon is connected to the harvest season of that berry in June.

“Strawberry Moon penumbral eclipse” was visible in Asia, Africa and Australia – the moon was less bright than usual. During a penumbral eclipse Moon passes into Earth’s outer shadow (penumbra). A total lunar eclipse occurs when Moon enters the shadow of the Earth (umbra).

Strawberry Moon

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Ramadan cannon firing

In Dubai, every evening during the fasting month of Ramadan, at sunset, the ritual of cannon firing  announces  the time to break the fast (midfa al iftar). There are few places in Dubai where Ramadan cannons are located, one of them next to Burj Khalifa.

On Saturday, May 23rd, it was the last Ramadan cannon firing this year, singaling the end of Ramadan and begining of Eid Al Fitr festival.

It is believed that cannon firing tradition comes from Egypt, where from  10th century in this way people could know when to break their fast. In Dubai it is observed from 1960s.

See also:

Midfa al iftar – firing Ramadan cannon

Ramadan Kareem

Iftar time


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