Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Tentu Arah Kiblat dengan Bayang Matahari

Arah kiblat menggunakan matahari boleh diukur dua kali setahun.
“Setiap tahun, ada dua keadaan yang boleh digunakan umat Islam menentukan arah kiblat iaitu ketika matahari berada betul-betul di atas Kaabah (istiwa'). Ia berlaku pada 28 Mei jam 5.16 petang dan sekali lagi pada 16 Julai jam 5.28 petang.
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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.
JEDDAH: Abdullah Al-Bargi | Arab News
Published — Tuesday 27 May 20

Times to Check Qibla Direction using the Sun
    During the year, there are two specific times when the sun transits or lies directly above the Ka’bah. These two times are: 28 May at 9.18 GMT and 16 July at 9.27 GMT. After converting to your local times, if you can see the sun at those times, then your sight is directly to the direction of qibla. Alternatively, you can put a stick on the ground vertically and observe the shadow. It should create a straight line opposite to the direction of Qibla.

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