Total Solar Eclipse Tomorrow

Without a question of doubt, a total eclipse of the sun is one of the most spectacular natural sights that one can witness.

You’d be able to see the eclipse partially in Karachi and Lahore. (Asia Local Circumstances)

Karachi: Eclipse will begin at 10:54, reaching its peak at 11:38, and ending at 12:20.
Lahore: Eclipse will begin at 10:55, reaching its peak at 11:48, and ending at 12:37.

For further details, visit the NASA site. You can find the detailed pictorial path of the eclipse in the following pics:


Region of Visibility: (C/o USA Today)

The path of totality for this eclipse begins over easternmost Brazil, where the coastal city of Natal and adjacent communities will be treated to the spectacle of a total solar eclipse shortly after the sun has come over the horizon. But this is a very humid climate and is prone to low clouds and coastal fog, which could very well eclipse the eclipse. Nonetheless, many South Americans will likely congregate here hoping against hope for a break in the overcast to afford them a glimpse of the sun’s corona. Quickly moving offshore and in a northeastward direction, the dark umbral shadow of the moon will then take 36 minutes to sweep over the open waters of the North Atlantic.

It finally makes landfall again in western Africa, moving inland over Ghana and plunging its capital city of Accra into a late-morning darkness for 3 minutes and 4 seconds. Continuing on a northeasterly trajectory, the totality path slices through Togo and Benin, and into northwestern Nigeria. The cities of Gusau and Katsina, are fortuitously positioned near the center line of the eclipse track will each experience just over 3 minutes 50 seconds of total eclipse. But typically early spring is the rainy season for all of these regions, so the odds are not very good for getting a good view of the sun.

The totality path will then cut across central Niger, northern Chad, central and eastern Libya (just barely missing the city of Tobruk). Greatest eclipse, where totality will last for 4 minutes 6.7 seconds, occurs along the border of Chad and Libya. Weather prospects in these areas improve dramatically as this is basically a desert regime. But while there’ll probably be a paucity of clouds, local haze and dust might be a problem.

Passing over the Mediterranean Sea, directly between Crete and Cypress, the eclipse track sweeps through central Turkey, where the towns of Kayseri and Sivas will experience more than two minutes of totality. Unfortunately, this is also near an active storm track, which usually brings a 40 to 70% chance of clouds. After passing over the Black Sea, totality will strike the northwest corner of Georgia, then moves across Kazakhstan before leaving the Earth at sunset along Mongolia’s northern border.

9 Comments so far

  1. Zain (unregistered) on March 28th, 2006 @ 11:25 am

    Waiting for Original-Anon and Darthvader’s comments on this post……..

    Come on guys….

  2. Teeth Maestro (unregistered) on March 28th, 2006 @ 11:29 am

    Well Karachi is not in the path of a full solar eclipse but will get a 16% eclipse. Exciting nevertheless.

  3. Original-anon (unregistered) on March 28th, 2006 @ 3:03 pm

    Ok Zain, I will rise to the bait; not to comment on this post but to respond to all the negative publicity I have recieved.
    Let’s begin with the facts:
    Metblog rules require:
    1. Authors to reside where they write.
    2. Authors must post 2-3 times a week.
    3. All posts must relate to the city in some way.
    Given that, and the history where people have again and again asked to be authors, I questioned QK as to whether the rules did not apply to her. Given that same history, I asked Ramla if she had announced or invited posts for the Op-Ed piece, again because I know many people here would like to contribute.
    Now I bring this to your attention, I may be acerbic in my comments at times but I have never used profanity. I also may digress from the current topic at times, but I view this as a place to interact with other people so thought it was okay to mention something else.
    Reading the last few posts and comments, I notice that people here use racial slurs “Banya, memon, kaala frangi, kaala sahib,goras, Pakis” being some of them. Nobody objects to that. People use profanity all the time, nobody objects to that either.
    So, correcting someone’s grammar or to question adherence to rules makes me a bad person but racial and ethnic epithets are perfectly acceptable.
    It is one thing to say that I react negatively to every post but I ask you to prove it.
    And Afreen, please accept my apologies for using your post as my soapbox but it was so conveniently located at the top.

  4. yo yo (unregistered) on March 28th, 2006 @ 7:59 pm

    With all this negativity…and divisions…KHI MB feels more and more like real karachi.

  5. Faisal (unregistered) on March 29th, 2006 @ 5:59 am

    @original anon

    I feel for you buddy. And may I add that I totally and wholeheartedly agree with your views, especially what you wrote above.

    It is almost five p.m here in southern California. It is raining like cats and dogs outside. I just got home with a dinner of steaming clam chowder, a hearty chef salad and a hunk of zucchini bread with honey butter. Turned the computer on only to find Zain’s provocational taunt. And what else would one call it besides a taunt?

    It is almost as if the likes of Zain and others actually look forward to yours and darth vaders’ comments. Well, perhaps you can pat yourselves on the back for at least livening things up a bit. Shaken not stirred is still better than the views of some others on this site (authors and readers amongst them) who would rather have us all hold hands, sit in a semi-circle and belt out a chorus of “We are the world”.

    Moreover, I am at a loss to comprehend why it is frowned upon to point out a few grammar and spelling mistakes. And this word, “negativity”, seems to have become the “word du juor”. With not being able to take even a minimal amount of critquing, it seems that many of these authors have become quite thin-skinned. Frankly, I find the use of this word “negativity”, in and of itself, for the lack of a better word, quite negative.

  6. Original-anon (unregistered) on March 29th, 2006 @ 5:04 pm

    Thanks for sharing the kind words. Sharing your yummy dinner would have made it even better :)
    Once I posted this comment, I felt better immediately and I also knew that I would not be getting any responses from the ‘negative’ club. Simply because they do not have any response to logical arguments.
    Oh and remember the word du jour was ‘loser’ for a while?
    Thanks again.

  7. Original-anon (unregistered) on March 30th, 2006 @ 12:07 am

    You also might to head over to Noman’s blog ( and read the comments for some interesting revelations. Skip the post, it is just pure Noman.

  8. Faisal (unregistered) on March 30th, 2006 @ 8:13 pm

    @Original Anon

    After reading those comments, all i have to say is “WOW”.

    El Capitan has spoken

  9. DarthVader (unregistered) on April 2nd, 2006 @ 5:00 am

    Holy Crapoliiiii !!!!!!! how did i miss this one – damn this stupid job. i don’t think I am liking this working-for-the-man thing …missing out on all the fun stuff ….
    sorry to disappoint you zain – will try to be on the ball the next time .
    to Afreen’s credit she just copied and pasted the whole thing from USAT- which is commendable …(why risk writing)*wink*

    BUTTTTTTTTTT –information is everything my fellow galactic-mates ..soooooooooo—
    good job A
    love , peace and rus-malai
    Vader, the Dark Sith

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