Ex­cite­ment, ap­pre­hen­sion as 3-hour eclipse cov­ers Zim

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - Front Page - Pamela Shumba

ZIM­BAB­WEANS gazed up­wards from morn­ing yes­ter­day into the af­ter­noon as a ring of fire dark­ened the sky as the moon passed be­tween the earth and the sun.

The par­tial eclipse, which is bet­ter known as a “ring of fire,” cast a shadow over much of South­ern Africa and in Zim­babwe it lasted 213 min­utes, peak­ing at 10.58AM.

An eclipse oc­curs when a planet or moon moves be­tween the sun and the earth. The shadow of the planet or moon is cast on the earth’s sur­face.

There was ex­cite­ment and won­der­ment as peo­ple jos­tled to have a glimpse of the amaz­ing spec­ta­cle. Peo­ple gazed at the sky in won­der as the par­tial eclipse un­folded, plung­ing the coun­try into slight dark­ness.

Some used old x-ray films while oth­ers used sun­glasses to catch a good glimpse of the oc­cur­rence.

The Me­te­o­ro­log­i­cal Ser­vices Depart­ment yes­ter­day said the nat­u­ral phe­nom­e­non was ex­pe­ri­enced in all parts of the coun­try.

“It was a par­tial eclipse and it cov­ered the whole coun­try and the south­ern re­gion. There was no to­tal dark­ness any­where in Zim­babwe.

“It’s a nor­mal phe­nom­e­non and it oc­curs when a planet or moon moves be­tween the sun and the earth. The shadow of the planet or moon is cast on the earth’s sur­face. It lasted for three hours and 33 min­utes, from 09.14AM to 12.47AM with a peak at 10.58,” said Mr Jonathan Chi­funa, a Me­te­o­ro­log­i­cal Ser­vices Depart­ment of­fi­cer.

Mr Chi­funa said the coun­try last ex­pe­ri­enced a par­tial so­lar eclipse at about 6.55AM on Septem­ber 13 last year and the next is ex­pected to oc­cur on Fe­bru­ary 26, 2017.

Mr Freddy Moyo from Malunda in Ma­tobo Dis­trict said vil­lagers were first fright­ened when the phe­nom­e­non un­folded.

“Vil­lagers alerted each other when they re­alised some­thing was dif­fer­ent. We then dis­cov­ered that it was a so­lar eclipse and ev­ery­one was so ex­cited to wit­ness the oc­cur­rence of the eclipse,” said Mr Moyo.

Cle­ment Pe­sanai, a Face­book user said: “With­out camera fil­ters I man­aged to use an x-ray to cap­ture the An­nu­lar Eclipse us­ing Nikon D3100. I wish it could re­main like this, it is nei­ther hot nor cold out there.”

A Bu­l­awayo man uses an X-ray film to look at the par­tial so­lar eclipse which cov­ered most parts of South­ern Africa yes­ter­day. The nat­u­ral phe­nom­e­non lasted for three hours and 33 min­utes

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