RIYADH: The Sun will stand vertically above the holy city of Makkah on Saturday, Aaj News reported
The sun will stand vertically above the holy city at 12:18 pm Saudi time. Muslims praying in Makkah will view the sun directly above them, said the Jeddah Astronomy Association.
When this happens Muslims praying in the holy mosque will view no shadows.
“This vertical solar phenomenon will happen for the first time this year and Makkah will be straight under the sun….this means all structures and bodies in the Grand Mosque will have no shadow at that time…it will be a zero shadow,” said Abu Zahir, the head of the association.
The event takes place twice every year.
Abu Zahira said the phenomenon would help Moslems around the world in knowing the exact direction of Makkah, including those in Europe, Africa, Russia, China and East Asia, where the best time to define Makkah direction was around sunset by looking at the sun.
In North and South Americas, the direction can be best known at sunset on that day, he said.
“Muslims and other people can set that direction by placing a stick or any other object vertically on the ground at that time…its shadow will point accurately towards Makkah…this applies to distant areas not in areas close to Makkah like Jeddah,” he said.
The claim has not been independently verified by organizations such as the NASA.