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UAE to witness partial lunar eclipse on November 3.

Al Ain: Total solar eclipse, the nature's grand spectacle, will occur on November 3, in some countries of the world, giving a partial view to the people living in the UAE.

The eclipse will be visible from 2 pm and last for several hours across the emirates with a few minutes difference in different parts of the country. It will also be visible from the neighbouring GCC countries.

The last partial solar eclipse on observed in the UAE was on November 25, 2011.

According to the Nasa, the total solar eclipse would be seen in Gulu, a city in Northern Uganda, parts of Congo, Kenya, and Ethiopia.

People travelling in the North Atlantic Ocean will also be able to see full eclipse at certain points. The eclipse will partially be seen in parts of Europe, Asia, Africa, North America, South America, Pacific Ocean, Atlantic Ocean, and Indian Ocean.

Atif Hassan, an astronomer in Al Ain, said the solar eclipse takes place when the Earth, Moon, and Sun are aligned and the shadow of the moon falls on the surface of the Earth.

Some astronomy groups in the UAE usually make arrangements for interested people to view the phenomenon with special equipment.

Solar eclipses are observed throughout the human history. Ancient records of eclipse were made in China and Babylonia. Scientists believe that the oldest records were made more than 4,000 years ago. People living all the regions of the world associate different myths and rituals with the solar and lunar eclipse.

Hassan said, Muslims should offer the obligatory prayers during the eclipse.

He, however, warned people to not look at the Sun. People must take precautions to view the eclipse safely. He said the safest way to see the eclipse is by projecting the sun's image on a screen.

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Date:Oct 21, 2013
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