Published On: Thu, Sep 1st, 2016

Nairobi to experience partial Solar Eclipse

Nairobi is set to experience a partial solar eclipse in the annular solar eclipse on Thursday morning.

The eclipse will be visible countrywide at varying degrees.

The partial eclipse is expected to start at 10:00am and will last nearly four hours.

The last solar eclipse experienced in the country was in Turkana in 2013.

An eclipse is an astronomical event that occurs when an astronomical object is temporarily obscured, either by passing into the shadow of another body or by having another body pass between it and the viewer.

The term eclipse is most often used to describe either a solar eclipse, when the moon’s shadow crosses the Earth’s surface, or a lunar eclipse, when the moon moves into the Earth’s shadow.

Annular solar eclipses have a “ring of fire” and occurs when the moon moves in front of the sun but does not cover the Sun’s discs completely.

Partial solar eclipses happen when the moon comes between the sun and the Earth, but they don’t align in a perfectly straight line.

Because of this, the Moon only partially covers the sun’s disc.

While eclipses are a once-in-a-lifetime phenomenon, viewers should practice caution.

It is dangerous to look at the eclipse with naked eyes since the sun’s ultra-violet rays can burn the retina, leading to permanent or partial blindness.

The current cloudy conditions may, however, obscure the view of the eclipse.

source: agencies

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