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Mar 2015
Solar Eclipse in Lebanon March 20

Beirut and other Arab capitals will be partially shrouded in darkness Friday as the world is set to experience a solar eclipse.

Lebanon and other countries in North Africa, Europe and theMiddle East will witness a partial solar eclipse, while the Faroe Islands, a tiny country off the northern coast of the U.K. and the Norwegian islands of Svalbard, will experience a total eclipse.

In addition to Lebanon, other Middle Eastern countries that will experience the partial eclipse include Saudi Arabia, Iraq, Jordan, Palestine, Egypt, Syria, Libya, Tunis, Algeria, Morocco and Mauritania, according to the International Astronomical Centerbased in Abu Dhabi.

In a partial solar eclipse, the moon does not completely hide the surface of the sun, so some direct rays of sunlight are visible to observers.

The eclipse will start at 10:45 a.m. Beirut time and will last for around two hours.

The solar eclipse, during which the sun and moon will line up so that the latter obscures the former, will first be visible from a remote location in the North Atlantic before appearing over theFaroe Islands and finally the North Pole.

The Daily Star would like to remind readers to avoid looking at the sun with the naked eye during the eclipse in order to prevent potential permanent retina damage.


A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Daily Star on March 20, 2015, on page 2.[Dailystar]