Total solar eclipse coincides with crescent moon of Dhul Hijjah
21 Aug 2017 - 1:46
Qatar Center for Space Sciences and Astronomy President Sheikh Salman bin Jabor Al Thani has said that the birth of the crescent moon will be this evening, where the moon will disappear before the sun in the evening by 8 minutes so it is impossible to be sighted as it is not yet born . Tomorrow evening, corresponding to Dhu Qa’Da 30, the moon will remain after the sun for 35 minutes, so Wednesday will be first day of Dhul Hijjah 1438 Hijri according to the country calendar, which corresponds to astronomical calculations.
Sheikh Salman noted that the birth of the month of Dhul Hijjah coincides with a rare total solar eclipse in the US at about 9:28pm Doha local time, adding that according to astronomical calculations, the longest duration of the next total eclipse will be two minutes and 40 seconds, the period of beginning the completion of the eclipse until the its end, the time the moon takes to cover the entire sun. The social media transmits information claiming that the eclipse lasts for 90 minutes, as the longest period of eclipse of the sun through history is incorrect reports, where it is impossible for the total solar eclipse to continue for such a duration, as the total eclipse of the sun can not exceed 7 minutes as has been recorded to this day in human history.