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Zero Shadow Phenomenon: Sun hovers over holy Kaaba

KARACHI: The sun was hovering exactly over the holy Kaaba in Makkah today at 14:18 (PST), ARY News reported on Wednesday.

The celestial phenomenon known as “zero shadow,” happens twice in a year as the Kaaba loses its shadow briefly.

The phenomenon occurs twice every year at the Grand Mosque on May 28 at 14:18 and on July 16 at 14:26 according to Pakistan Standard Time.

The celestial phenomenon helps to determine the direction of the holy Kaaba for prayers. It occurs because of the location of the Grand Mosque in Makkah between the equator and the Tropic of Cancer, astronomers said.

 

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