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Partial sun eclipse on Friday

November 24, 2011

A picture taken on January 04, 2011 in Rennes, western France, shows the world's first partial solar eclipse of 2011. - Photo by AFP

Karachi: A partial solar eclipse will occur on Friday on November 25.

However it will not be visible from Pakistan, the Climate Data Processing Center of Pakistan Meteorological Department said on Thursday.

The sun eclipse will begin at 9.23 Pakistan Standard Time and will end at 13.17 hours.

The tip of South Africa, Tasmania and most of New Zealand will enjoy a partial eclipse of the Sun on Friday although the handful of hardy scientists in Antarctica will get the best view, according to astronomers.

Partial eclipses occur when a fraction of the Moon obscures the Sun, and to those in its shadow a “bite” seems to have been taken out of the solar face.

The longest duration of Friday's eclipse will be at 0621 GMT, at a point east of the Antarctic Peninsula.

It will be the last of four partial solar eclipses this year. The previous ones occurred on January 4, June 1 and July 1.

The last Sun-Moon-Earth alignment in 2011 occurs on December 10, with a total lunar eclipse visible from Europe, East Africa, Asia, Australia, the Pacific and North America, according to veteran NASA expert Fred Espenak.