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Partial solar eclipse excites Ugandans

By Nicholas Oneal, Wilfred Sanya

Added 1st September 2016 12:35 PM

Anyone north, south, east (like Uganda) or west of the band saw only a partial eclipse.

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Anyone north, south, east (like Uganda) or west of the band saw only a partial eclipse.

Ugandans were Thursday late morning fortunate to see a partial eclipse.

But stargazers in south and central Africa were treated to a spectacular solar eclipse when the Moon wandered into view to make the Sun appear as a "ring of fire".

Only people along a very narrow, 100-kilometre (62-mile) band stretching across central Africa, Madagascar and Reunion saw the full effect of the ring, or annulus.

Anyone north, south, east (like Uganda) or west of the band saw only a partial eclipse, or none at all.

The phenomenon, known as an annular solar eclipse, happens when there is a near-perfect alignment of the Earth, Moon and Sun.

But unlike a total eclipse, when the Sun is blacked out, sometimes the Moon is too far from Earth and its apparent diameter too small, for complete coverage.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Only people is south and central Africa were able to see something like this (below) . . .

 

 

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