Ring of fire Solar Eclipse to shadow parts of Africa including S. Sudan this weekend: NASA warns

Annular eclipses occur when the Moon is not close enough to Earth to completely obscure sunlight, leaving a thin ring of the solar disc visible AFP/DAVID MCNEW

June 20, 2020 (Thessherald)–The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), an independent research agency, warns that a rare solar eclipse is expected to appear in various parts of the world including South Sudan.

In the past few days, NASA has predicted that this year’s first solar eclipse will turn the sun into a glowing “ring of fire” over the weekend.

On Thursday, the country representative for the African Humanitarian Action (AHA), Markos Melaku echoed the statement, warning that, “looking directly at the sun with naked eye during the solar eclipse could permanently cause blindness.”

“This is to inform you that, according to NASA, there will be a rare annular eclipse this weekend. It will be visible in parts of Africa, Middle East and Asia (in DRC, South Sudan, Ethiopia, Eritrea, Yemen, Saudi Arabia, Oman, Pakistan, India, Tibet, China and Taiwan).”

“Annular eclipse occurs when the moon covers the sun’s center, leaving the suns visible outer edge to form what is called “ring of fire” or “annulus” around the moon,” he explained.

“During such a solar eclipse, the moon casts shadow onto earth. Looking directly at the sun with naked eye during solar eclipse could permanently damage your eyes and cause blindness. There may be some odd animal behaviors as well,” he further warned.

The African Humanitarian Action (AHA) warned citizens not to look directly at the Sun with naked eyes during the eclipse event as it could lead to complete blindness.

“It is only with specially made solar eclipse glasses that must be worn at all times that one may watch directly the eclipse. You are in consequence herewith warned not to look directly at the sun with your naked eye during the duration of the eclipse.”

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