The Moon will block out the Sun tomorrow (April 20), resulting in the first solar eclipse of 2023, dubbed a “hybrid solar eclipse.”
The world will witness a stunning spectacle when the hybrid solar eclipse transitions from a total solar eclipse to an annular (ring-shaped) eclipse as the moon’s shadow falls on Earth.
Eclipses occur when the moon, sun, and earth coincide in a cosmic setting, throwing their shadows or blocking sunlight. However, hybrid solar eclipses are extremely rare, occurring only a few times every century.
Though the phenomenon will not be visible in Pakistan, residents can watch it live via internet streaming.
The Pakistan Meteorological Department (PMD) has also certified that the eclipse would be visible.
According to a brief statement issued by the PMD, the eclipse will begin early in the morning and terminate just before noon on April 20 in Pakistan Standard Time, however it will not be visible anywhere in the country.
The following are the times for the various phases of the solar eclipse:
The eclipse will start at 6:34 a.m. PST.
At 7:37 a.m. PST, there will be a total eclipse.
The eclipse will peak at 9:17 a.m. PST.
It expires at 11:59 a.m. PST.
According to the PMD, some portions of the world will see a partial or total solar eclipse. The phenomena will be visible from regions of southern and eastern Asia, as well as Australia and Antarctica, as well as over the Indian and Pacific oceans.
According to Popular Science, the month of April has been declared as “Global Astronomy Month” by the US-based nonprofit Astronomers Without Borders because it will provide fascinating spectacles in the sky.
The April 20 solar eclipse will produce a ring of fire in the Indian Ocean, but when it reaches Western Australia, the moon will totally cover the sun, resulting in approximately nine minutes of darkness throughout the day.
However, this solar eclipse will not be seen in the United States, but there will be another solar eclipse in October that will be visible in the western portion of the country.