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The sun was directly over the Kaaba in Makkah today at midday, in an exceptional event that occurs twice a year – on May 28th and July 16th.

The celestial phenomenon known as “zero shadow,” happens twice a year as the Kaaba loses its shadow briefly, namely at at 12:18pm and on July 16 at 12:26pm AST.

The celestial phenomenon helps to determine the direction of the Holy Kaaba for prayers. It occurs because of the location of the Grand Mosque in Makkah between the equator and the Tropic of 12:18 p.m. The Kaaba will lose its shadow briefly. The planetary phenomenon occurs twice every year at the Grand Mosque because of its location between the equator and the Tropic of Cancer.