Thursday, September 1, 2016

Stunning solar eclipse under African skies

David Joseph Kapito /
The September 1, 2016 solar eclipse as seen from Lilongwe, Malawi.

By David Joseph Kapito
Youth Journalism International
LILONGWE, Malawi – Today was another amazing day for skywatchers in Malawi and other parts of Africa as we observed the solar eclipse.

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The eclipse took some minutes in the late morning hours 11 a.m. to noon.

Skywatchers observed solar eclipse in Blantyre, Lilongwe, Mzuzu and other parts of Malawi.
There was a bit darkness in the sky, it was not normal. Clouds overhead foretold a sense of change in the atmosphere. The experience was amazing.
The dark cloud made it tough to observe the anticipated “ring of fire” look of the eclipse, but some zoomed pictures captured from the scene showed more.
According to National Aeronautics and Space administration (NASA), the next partial eclipse is expected to take place on February 26, 2017 in Africa and August 21 August on the American Eastern coast.

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