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Muslims observing Ramadan at top of Burj Khalifa fast slightly longer, scientist says

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The Jakarta Post

Jakarta  /  Thu, May 9, 2019  /  01:07 pm
Muslims observing Ramadan at top of Burj Khalifa fast slightly longer, scientist says

The Burj Khalifa in Dubai, the United Arab Emirates, is the world's tallest building. (Shutterstock /Mo Azizi)

Muslims observing Ramadan near the top of the Burj Khalifa in Dubai, the United Arab Emirates, fast slightly longer than those who break the fast on the ground floor, astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson has said.

Tyson tweeted on Sunday that the Sun sets four minutes later at the top of the world’s tallest building.

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“During Ramadan, daytime fasting for Muslims ends at sunset,” said Tyson.

“But for Dubai’s Burj Khalifa, the tallest building in the world, the Sun sets four minutes later at the top than at the bottom. High-floor dwellers see beyond the ground-level horizon, farther along Earth’s curvature."

Ramadan is one of the most celebrated annual events in Indonesia, the country with the largest Muslim population in the world. Throughout the holy month, Muslims refrain from eating and drinking from dawn till dusk. (jes/kes)