Sun alignment with Kaaba on Wednesday noon

Updated 28 May 2014
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Sun alignment with Kaaba on Wednesday noon

Astronomers say that the sun will align with the Kaaba at the Grand Mosque in Makkah on Wednesday, May 28, at noon.
The disc of the sun will be positioned immediately over the Sacred House, said the Jeddah Astronomical Society on Sunday in statement. On Wednesday, the sun will rise at 5:38 a.m. from the northeast horizon and continues moving until it comes directly overhead on the Kaaba at 12:18 p.m. The Kaaba will lose its shadow for a brief time.
Astronomers said the celestial phenomenon called “zero shadow” occurs twice every year in the Grand Mosque because of its location between the Equator and the Tropic of Cancer.
Aside from May 28, the event also happens every July 16th of each year.
Due to the tilt of the Earth's axis, the sun travels at 23.5 degrees north and south of the celestial equator. The sun falls directly overhead on places lying over the equator during equinox and moves northwards towards the tropic of cancer and then again progresses southward.
The society has advised the public to avoid looking directly at the sun with the bare eye even for a very brief period of time.


Saudi police arrest father who tortured his daughter in viral video 

Updated 22 September 2019

Saudi police arrest father who tortured his daughter in viral video 

  • A police statement pointed to “the video segment circulated on social media of a man torturing his three-year-old girl"
  • The statement said the man is in his forties and of Palestinian origin

RIYADH: Saudi Arabian police said that its has arrested a man seen horrifically beating his own child in a video that went viral, triggering massive outrage.  

Local reports said Sunday that a police statement pointed to “the video segment circulated on social media of a man torturing his three-year-old girl, has led to a process of searching and investigating to identify him.”

The statement said the man, who is in his forties and of Palestinian origin, “was arrested at the Dar al-Bayda neighborhood, south of Riyadh.”

It added that necessary care will be provided to his four children, with coordination with relevant authorities. 

Viral footage has shown the father while harshly beating his young daughter and mercilessly slapping her on the face. 

The video has shocked viewers inside and outside the kingdom, with many calling on authorities to arrest him.