. Ghana and other parts of West Africa, will on November 3, 2013, experience a partial hybrid solar eclipse. A partial hybrid solar eclipse is an eclipse, where there is a maximum partial cover of the Sun by the Moon. It will happen at 22 minutes after 1 p.m. that day, barring any rains or cloudy weather, Ghanaians will see the normal afternoon sunny light being dimmed to evening for about one-and-half minutes, when the face of the sun would be covered 80-85 per cent by the Moon.

The last time Ghana experienced an eclipse was on Wednesday, March 29, 2006, and that was a total one, which occurred from 8.30 a.m. and 9.30 a.m across the country.

Briefing the Daily Graphic, Prof Amamoo-Otchere, who spearheaded information dissemination on the rare occurrence in 2006 when he headed CERSGIS, said it was important for Ghanaians to be aware of what was to happen and protect their sight on that day. He said all needed shades to view the phenomenon as was done in 2006. “There will be partial darkness, similar to dusk, and the eclipse will be seen in Eastern America, sliding to West Africa and finally dissipating in Central Africa,” Prof Amamoo-Otchere said. “Those along the coast, from Half Assini to Aflao, will experience a wave of darkness in the skyline for a duration of a minute or two. He said inland, the phenomenon would be experienced in the northern parts of the country, as far as Burkina Faso,” he added.

Prof Amamoo-Otchere said what was not certain was animal behaviour at the time of the eclipse, but he said it was likely that for the split moment of darkness, some birds would change direction in flight. “It is possible to see some twinkling stars and some planets,” he added.




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