There is yet another celestial event that is expected to happen on the heels of the recent lunar eclipse. A partial solar eclipse is anticipated to occur on August 11, which is the final day of the ongoing lunar month. The eclipse is projected to cover about 74 per cent of the sun’s surface and will be visible from the northern regions of Asia, Europe, and eastern areas of North America.
This eclipse follows close on the heels of the fascinating lunar eclipse that enthralled star gazers across the UAE last weekend. The solar eclipse will be seen on the same night that ushers in the Eid crescent and is therefore the harbinger of the Haj. This momentous day will be marked as the first day of Zhil Hijjah.
The expected course of events suggest that since the moon will not be discernible, August 12 will be taken as the last day of the lunar month while August 13 will be ticked off as the first day of Zhil Hijjah. Consequently, Arafah day will fall on August 21 and the first day of Eid Al Adha will fall on the following day on August 22. The official date will however, be announced after the examination of several other critical factors.