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Stories of superstition linked with solar eclipse taking last breaths: Fawad

Stories of superstition linked with solar eclipse taking last breaths: Fawad
June 21, 2020
ISLAMABAD (92 News) – Minister for Science Fawad Chaudhry has said that now science has revealed the reason behind this natural phenomena of solar eclipse, so the stories of superstition connected with it are also taking their last breaths. In his tweets, the minister said that there will be two solar and four lunar eclipses in this year. He also said that today’s solar eclipse will be best visible in Sukkar and its surrounding areas. “This year’s second solar eclipse will be on December 14, but it will not be visible in Pakistan,” he added. Referring to myths that surround solar and lunar eclipses, Fawad Chaudhry said that when man’s knowledge was very limited, superstitions were on the rise. “Everything that the men liked was associated with good fortune and what he feared including eclipses was associated with torment but now science has revealed the reason behind this natural phenomena. So, the stories of superstition connected with it are also taking their last breaths,” he maintained.   The annular solar eclipse, popularly known as the ‘ring of fire’, is being witnessed in Pakistan and other parts of the world today. According to details, as moon made first contact and started covering the Sun, 2020’s first solar eclipse has begun in Pakistan. Sukkar and Gawadar will witness greatest phase of celestial spectacle with over 98 and 97 percent coverage respectively. The partial eclipse began at 8:46 in Pakistan and it will end at 14:34 with greatest eclipse to occur at 11:40. Karachi and Lahore will witness over 91% coverage while Gilgit will witness the lowest coverage at only 74%. The eclipse at major cities of Pakistan and their corresponding timings are as follow: Apart from Pakistan, annual eclipse is also visible from parts of Africa including Central African Republic, Congo, Ethiopia, Northern India and China.