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Moon to set directly above Makkah early Monday

Sunday 23/December/2018 - 02:21 PM
Sada El Balad
Hassnein Tayea
The sky of Makkah is set to witness a rare celestial phenomenon early Monday when the moon comes directly above the Holy Kaaba.

Jeddah Astronomy Association said that people of Makkah will able to see with naked eyes the moon that will appear vertically above the Grand Mosque in front of the constellations of the twin stars.

“This phenomenon helps Muslims from all corners of the world locate the direction of the Qibla (the direction to which Muslims face while performing prayer)، the Association added.

The moon will appear in the sky of Makkah at around 4.39 pm on Tuesday and will continue to move until it becomes vertically above the Grand Mosque and Kaaba in the holy city at about 11.32 pm، they said.

“From that perpendicular angle، the moon will be around 361،244 km away from earth and its face will be lightened by 97.9 per cent،” the papers quoted Majid Abu Zahira، head of the Jeddah Astronomy Association، as saying.

“This phenomenon occurs once a year…Muslims at the Grand Mosque will be able to see the moon right above them tonight.”

“If a Muslims in any part of the world just looks straight at the moon during that phenomenon، then Makkah is in that direction.”

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