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Solar Eclipse on 22 July 2009

posted Jul 20, 2009, 7:23 PM by dhakim emak

A solar eclipse will occur on Wednesday, 22 July 2009. The path of the Moon's umbral shadow begins in India and crosses through Nepal, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Myanmar and China. In some parts of these countries, observers will experience a total solar eclipse.

In Singapore, observers will not experience a total eclipse but a partial one (weather permitting). At maximum, about 10% of the Sun will be covered. Singapore will experience the eclipse on 22 July 2009 from 8:40 a.m. to 9:44 a.m. The maximum (10% covered) will occur at 9:11 a.m. Muslims are encouraged to perform the eclipse prayer after witnessing the eclipse.

AlKhair Mosque will be conducting Solar Eclipse prayer on that day. The program as follows :

Eclipse Prayer : 9.15am

An eclipse occurs when the Sun, the Moon and the Earth form a straight line. A Solar eclipse occurs when the Moon comes in between the Earth and the Sun.

This year there will be five eclipses that will occur. Only two out of the five eclipses will be visible in Singapore, subject to weather. On the 26th January and on 22 July 2009
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