The first solar eclipse of 2023 will occur tomorrow, April 20, and will be referred to as a “hybrid solar eclipse” since the Moon will shade the Sun.
As the shadow of the moon descends on Earth, the much-awaited space activity will transform from a total solar eclipse to an annular (ring-shaped) eclipse, providing the entire world with a stunning sight.
Eclipses, which are uncommon events, happen when the moon, sun, and earth line up in a cosmic setting, casting a shadow or obstructing sunlight. Hybrid solar eclipses, which only happen a few times a century, are a very unusual phenomenon.
Pakistanis will not be able to view the phenomenon in person, but they can still watch it live online. The Pakistan Meteorological Department (PMD) has also verified the predicted eclipse sighting.
According to a brief announcement by the PMD, on April 20, based on Pakistan Standard Time, the eclipse will begin in the early morning and finish just before noon; however, it won’t be visible anywhere in Pakistan.
Following are the times for the various solar eclipse phases:
· Eclipse will start at 6:34 am34am PST
· Total eclipse will be in place at 7:37 am37am PST
· Eclipse will reach its peak at 9:17 am PST
· It will end at 11:59 am59am PST
The ring of fire from the April 20 solar eclipse will be visible briefly in the Indian Ocean, but by the time it reaches Western Australia, the moon will have blocked out the sun, causing around nine minutes of darkness per day.
The US will not be able to watch this solar eclipse. However, a few months later, in October, the western US will be able to see another solar eclipse.