This Friday the 13th will be a special day for solar enthusiasts across the world. No, it’s not a release of yet another sequel to the Friday The 13th series of movies starring the famous killer Jason. This phenomenon is going to be of a different kind and will play out in the skies instead of the silver screen, and is sure to provide a measure of thrill to sky watchers. The International Astronomical center (IAC) in Abu Dhabi has released a statement announcing a partial solar eclipse that is expected to darken the skies on this Friday, the 13th.
According to the IAC, this partial eclipse will cover about 34 percent of the total area of the sun. Some areas in Australia and Antarctica will have a vantage point from where people can view the rare solar phenomenon. The Director of the IAC, Mohammad Shawkat, also said that the crescent moon of Thul Qi’da will be visible at about 2:48 am GMT. Arab countries situated on the western most front can witness the crescent on Friday. However, the other nations can hope to see the crescent by Saturday night. This essentially signifies that the beginning of the 11th Hijri month will commence in some countries on Sunday while the other countries will start the month earlier from Saturday.