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Gulf gets chance to see solar eclipse

Partial esclipse visible for just over an hour on Aug. 1 in all six Gulf states, astronomy society says.

Gulf residents will get the chance to see a partial solar eclipse for just over an hour next month when the moon passes in front of the sun.

The Bahrain Astronomy Society said on Sunday the partial eclipse will take place between 1.43pm and 3.01pm local time on Aug. 1 and will be visible in all six Gulf states, according to the official Bahrain News Agency (BNA).

Society chairman Wahib Nasser reminded the public to use proper observation equipment to protect their eyes and avoid any potential harm to their retinas while watching the natural phenomenon.

The eclipse means that the new moon of the lunar month of Shaaban will be visible on the evening of Aug. 1, Nasser said.

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Scot Danner 12 years ago

Anyone who was here for the 1999 eclipse can only hope that this one will be as spectacular. Not in the sky but on the ground. People cowered indoors for fear of "harmful rays." The UAE government even issued a warning to pregnant women. The entire city of Dubai literally shut down for a day. People did not go to work. Sheikh Zayed road was deserted. Please. PLEASE, let's get the hysteria going for this one.