Thousands gaze in awe at solar eclipse
DHANUSHKODI, India: Thousands of people in Africa and Asia viewed an eclipse yesterday as the moon crossed the sun’s path and blocked everything but a narrow, blazing rim of light.
The path of the eclipse began in Africa – passing through Chad, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Uganda, Kenya and Somalia – before crossing the Indian Ocean, where it reached its peak, according to the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (Nasa) website.
The path then continued into Asia where the eclipse could be seen in the Maldives, southern India, parts of Sri Lanka, Myanmar and China.
Clouds obscured the partial solar eclipse in the Kenyan cap- ital Nairobi, disappointing residents who were up early to catch a glimpse.
“If I weren’t more observant, I would’ve missed it,” said Monica Kamau.
The eclipse is known as an annular eclipse because the moon doesn’t block the sun completely. They occur about 66 times a century
In Uganda, locals refer to an eclipse as a war between the sun and moon.
“It shows how powerful God is,” said Damalie Nakaja, a Kampala shopkeeper.
Hundreds gathered to view the phenomenon in southern India’s Dhanushkodi, a tiny town at the tip of a rocky strip of land jutting out into the ocean, where the eclipse could be seen for about 10 minutes.
In Bangalore, hundreds went to a planetarium to see it. But others in India were gripped by fear and refused to go outdoors because of their Hindu mythology.
In Haridwar, hosting the Kumbh Mela, thousands of devout Hindus were expected to mark the eclipse by taking a dip in the frigid waters of the sacred Ganges river. – Sapa-AP