Egypt observes solar eclipse Friday

CAIRO: For the first time in 15 years, Egypt has seen a full solar eclipse from 11:10am to 12:30pm local time on Friday, the Egyptian National Research Institute of Astronomy and Geophysics (NRIAG) announced Wednesday.

“Egypt, North Africa, Middle East, Europe and Northern Asia will see varying degrees of the eclipse,” Ashraf Tadros, head of Astronomy department at the NRIAG, told Youm7 Wednesday, adding the eclipse would coincide with March equinox when night and day are nearly equal in length.

Those viewing the eclipse should not look directly at the sun, and instead use a viewing device, Tadros cautioned.

The eclipse coincided with the spring equinox when night and day are equal in length.

According to NASA, Europe and many countries worldwide to see the solar eclipse March 20 and there will be a partial solar eclipse on Sep. 28.

Also NASA announced that the earth will see a full lunar eclipse on April 4 and partial lunar eclipse on Sep. 28. Another full solar eclipse will be seen in the United States on Aug. 21, 2017.

Additional reporting by Samar Samir

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