Malawi on Thursday, September 1 experienced an annular solar eclipse that was visible all over the country with different degrees of totality.
The annular eclipse was observed as a partial or near-total eclipse across the nation with the northern parts of the country experiencing 90 percent of the solar eclipse while as the rest of the country experienced 40 percent.
A snap check in the city of Blantyre, showed that many people were using different materials that provided them opportunity to watch the rare natural occurrence in appreciation of science and nature.
In a statement, Director of Climate and Meteorological Services, Jolamu Nkhokwe said solar eclipse occurs when the moon passes precisely between the earth and the sun and its shadow falls on the earth.
He said; “Malawi is today September 1, 2016 under the annular solar eclipsing from
08;30 hours to 1400 hours. Over Malawi maximum effects of the eclipse will be experienced about 11.00 hours.
“During this period of solar eclipse, a slight drop in day time temperature is experienced including partial darkness as the shadow of the moon is cast on parts of the earth including Malawi.
“The northern parts of the country experienced 90 percent of the solar eclipse while the rest of the country got 40 percent. The general public was therefore advised not to view the solar eclipse directly but needed to use recommended sun glasses to avoid damage to the eyes.
One of the local residents from Mbayani, Joseph Chikwanje said it was first time for him to witness the solar eclipse saying at first he was panicking as to what was going on.
In addition to Africa, people in southern Asia, Western Australia, and Antarctica were also able to experience at least a partial solar eclipse.
Malawi will experience another eclipse on February 26, 2017 and at this date; the shadow will cross over to southern pacific.
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