Ring of fire– The much anticipated African eclipse occurred yesterday.
It was viewed by people in the South and Central Africa like Gabon, Congo-Brazzaville, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Madagascar, and the French Indian Ocean island of La Reunion.
The ring of fire was an annular eclipse where parts of he sun could still be seen surrounding the moon. It happens when the sun is more distanced from the earth as opposed to the case of a complete eclipse. The farther the moon is from the earth, the smaller it appears. That was the case in yesterday’s African eclipse.
The Ring of fire eclipse is termed so because one could see the curve of the sun making a ring round the moon. It happened at about 10am GMT.
The scientific experience which lasted for about 3 minutes was reportedly viewed best in Tanzania.
Those in Madagascar, and the French Indian Ocean island of La Reunion also had a good view of it. Depending on the location some parts of Africa experienced either none or a partial eclipse.
Africans in the involved region came out en masse to witness the ring of fire eclipse. They gazed at the phenomenon with their protective shades on. This is to protect their eyes from damage from the ultraviolet rays of the sun. Others captured the moment with their pinhole cameras.
The next eclipse is said to take place in February 2017. It will be viewed by people from parts of South America and Africa.
It is worthy to mention that as a superstitious continent like Africa, some religions have associated the African eclipse with pending doom on earth. Before now, a phenomenon like this has often been seen as an end time signal.