Northern parts of SA privy to Solar eclipse

2013-10-31 13:04
A view of a partial solar eclipse. (Hatem Moussa, AP)

A view of a partial solar eclipse. (Hatem Moussa, AP)

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Cape Town - A partial eclipse will be visible from the northern regions of South Africa on Sunday 3 November.

According to Dr Claire Flanagan, Director at the Wits University Planetarium, South Africa’s positioning south of the equator will result in the partial eclipse.

“Some areas near the equator will see 100% or a total eclipse as the moon passes directly between the earth and sun,” she told News24.

“Further south or north of the equator the line-up is not perfect and that will result in a partial eclipse.”

According to a solar eclipse map provided by the Johannesburg Planetarium Durban will see 0.4%, Pretoria 6%, Polokwane 10%, and Windhoek 18%. Regions further southwards like Cape Town will not see the eclipse.

Relatively rare

Flanagan says there is a total eclipse somewhere on the Earth once every year or two, but that each eclipse is only seen from less than 1% of the earth.

“Parts of Limpopo had a total solar eclipse in 2002, the next one visible from South Africa will be for central SA in 2030,” she said.

Eclipse-viewers are warned to use eye protection for viewing. Flanagan advised those without special viewers to use two layers of the foil which some tea bags are covered with (e.g. Five Roses).

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