Another eclipse tomorrow

History will once again be made tomorrow, September 1, as Ghana experiences another partial eclipse of the sun in the morning.

Between 6.30am and, the moon would repeat its periodic celestial passing over the face of the sun, casting a shadow on the land.

It would all begin with the appearance of a thin black crescent of the moon surfacing on the lower left side of the sun, at approximately 6.30am.

Scientists have predicted that the crescent will grow slowly, until it gains about 80 to 85 per cent coverage of the face of the sun around 7.20 a.m.

At that time the shadow of the moon would pass over Ghana, turning the sunny morning sky to dark gray, like that of early dawn.

It is going to be a partial solar eclipse just like what happened at 1.22 p.m. on Sunday, November 2013.

A feature by E. Amamoo-Otchere published in the Ghanaian Times yesterday, cautioned the public, especially motorists to be careful on the road as the country experienced the annular eclipse.

He said traffic might be peaking, and the dark gray atmosphere would require motorists to put on their lights briefly when the shadow was cast on the earth.

“The exciting aspect of this solar eclipse is that the moon’s shadow and the darkened atmosphere could be watched without a shade or spectacle.”

However, Mr. Amonoo-Otchere warned the public to watch the sun with a shade,” particularly when it engages with the moon around 7.20a.m,” adding that “watching that spectacle is a two-hour business, which requires the use of the eye-protecting shades.”

He explained that watching the sun directly with a naked eye at that time could be injurious, advising those without shades to watch it on television.

Giving an insight into the eclipse, he said the development was a schema of the solar system, the sun at the centre of the system and the nine planets in orbit around.

According to him, there were millions or billions of solar systems making up the universe, with the sun existing in the solar system around the earth with very high proximity.

Mr. Amonoo-Otchere said once in the alignment of the sun and the planets, the moon in the middle position would go to block the sun’s radiation towards the earth periodically, thereby casting a shadow on the earth.

“When the shadow reaches the earth, the sky turns dark or gray. It is, therefore, not the moon merely passing over the face of the sun that causes solar eclipse, it is rather the shadow cast that darkens the sky,” he explained.

By Charles Amankwa    

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