Ghana Set for Partial Solar Eclipse On Thursday


According to, a Solar Eclipse will occur in Ghana on Thursday, September 1, for about 2 hours, 33 minutes.

Ghana will experience a partial eclipse of the sun, starting from 6:13am to 8:46am. Partial Solar Eclipses happens when the Moon comes between the Sun and the Earth, but they don’t align perfectly.

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Simply put, though the moon will come between the sun and the earth, the two bodies wont be precisely aligned. The moon will therefore cover the sun’s disc partially, leading to the partial eclipse. It will take about an hour and a half, for the moon to pass off the sun’s disc.

According to experts, the partial solar eclipse follows an annular solar eclipse across the globe on the same date. It has been predicted that the annular phase of this solar eclipse will not be visible in Accra. Ghana will only view it as a partial solar eclipse.

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Annular Solar Eclipse
Annular Solar Eclipse

Motorists have been advised to switch on their packing lights, should they experience darkness while on the road. Health experts have also provided some important health tips for those who wish to experience the historic episode.

People have been advised to wear good protective glasses, when viewing the partial eclipse. This is because the sun’s UV radiation can burn the retinas of the eyes and cause blindness, or other eye related defects.

Total Solar Eclipse
Total Solar Eclipse

Solar eclipse in Ghana occurred three years ago, on November 3, 2013. However a total eclipse had occurred in the country on Wednesday, March 29, 2006.

A total solar eclipse occurs when the moon covers the disc of the sun completely. An annular solar eclipse is similar to a total eclipse, but here, the moon is too small to cover the disc of the sun, causing a ring of fire around the moon.