On December 26th, people living in Europe, Asia, Africa and Australia will witness the rare annular (ring-shaped) solar eclipse. According to the Pakistan Meteorological Department (PMD), the solar eclipse will be visible in Pakistan as well.

According to PMD, this rare eclipse was last witnessed in Pakistan 20 years ago. The annular solar eclipse will begin at 7:00AM and will end at 1:00PM and will be visible in Karachi, Quetta, Lahore, Islamabad, Peshawar, and Gilgit.

Here are the details:



  • Begins: 07:50 AM
  • Best View: 08:58 AM
  • Ends: 10:15 AM
  • Duration: 2 hours 26 minutes


  • Begins: 07:47
  • Best View: 08:58 AM
  • Ends: 10:19 AM
  • Duration: 2 hours 32 minutes


  • Begins: 07:34 AM
  • Best View: 08:46 AM
  • Ends: 10:10 AM
  • Duration: 2 hours 37 minutes


  • Begins: 07:48 AM
  • Best View: 08:56 AM
  • Ends: 10:13 AM
  • Duration: 2 hours 25 minutes


  • Begins: 07:39 AM
  • Best View: 08:48 AM
  • Ends: 10:08 AM
  • Duration: 2 hours 29 minutes

The annular solar eclipse is also called the ‘Ring of Fire’ because only the boundaries of the sun will be observable from behind the moon.

In the excitement of witnessing this rare eclipse, don’t forget to take some abolutely necessary precautions.

Those want to see the eclipse are advised not to look at the sun directly. The ultraviolet radiation from the sun can be harmful for the eyes.

You should use these while looking at the eclipse:

  • Eclipse glasses
  • Solar filters
  • Projectors

Do not use these when looking at the eclipse:

  • Sunglasses of any kind
  • Color film
  • Medical X-ray film
  • Smoked glass
  • Floppy disks